[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/13/art.hoyer.gi.jpg caption ="House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is not a priority for House Democrats."] Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday that closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison is not a top priority for congressional Democrats.
In response to a question from a reporter about where shutting down Gitmo stands, Hoyer said, "I think that's not an item, as you point out, of real current discussion. There's some very big issues confronting us - dealing with growing the economy and Iraq and Afghanistan."
Hoyer added, "I think you're not going to see it discussed very broadly in the near term."