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15_S165 on Feb 23, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.401 & S.165
Source: Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act
Congressional Summary: To extend and enhance limitations on the transfer or release of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay. No amounts appropriated for any agency of the US Government may be used, for two years, to construct or modify any facility in the US, to house an individual detained at Guantanamo.

Proponents reasons for voting YEA: Rep. WALORSKI: 21 terrorists have been released just in November alone to foreign countries. This measure would repeal current law that has allowed the administration to transfer prisoners to foreign countries and reduce the population at GTMO down to 127. Detainees at GTMO pose a real threat to our national security. HR 401 would prohibit any detainee transfers to Yemen. Yemen's branch of al Qaeda was founded by former GTMO detainees. We cannot risk trusting the world's most dangerous terrorists to its most dangerous places, nor should we simply cut them loose in rich, stable countries with no security safeguards in place.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (CloseGuantanamo.org article, Jan. 2015): The prison at Guantanamo Bay has been open for 13 years. In 2009, President Obama pledged to close Guantanamo within a year. Yet it remains open, undermining America's values and national security. Almost half of the remaining 122 prisoners--55 men in total--were cleared for release in 2010 through 2013. Some of these men were previously cleared by the Bush Administration--some as long ago as 2004. It is unacceptable that the U.S. government continues to hold men that its own national security experts have recommended for release or transfer, and that Congress has intervened to maintain this deplorable state of affairs. We call for the immediate closure of Guantanamo. Guantanamo harms our nation every day it stays open, and it continues to serve as a potent symbol for terrorist recruitment. Also see equivalent House bill H.R.401

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: No transfers of Gitmo prisoners to US or abroad (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: No transfers of Gitmo prisoners to US or abroad (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: No transfers of Gitmo prisoners to US or abroad (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: No transfers of Gitmo prisoners to US or abroad (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 15_S165

Republicans participating in 15_S165

Kelly Ayotte s2pNH Republican Jr Senator
John Barrasso s1oWY Republican Jr SenatorJan 13, 2015
Roy Blunt s1oMissouri Republican (until 2010)Jan 16, 2015
John Boozman s1oAR Republican Jr SenatorFeb 10, 2015
Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously RepresentativeJan 13, 2015
John Cornyn s1oTX Republican Sr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
Tom Cotton s1oAR Republican Senate challengerFeb 3, 2015
Ted Cruz s1oPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary ChallengerJan 16, 2015
Joni Ernst s1oIA Republican ChallengerJan 20, 2015
Deb Fischer s1oNE Republican Senate ChallengerJan 16, 2015
Lindsey Graham s1oSC Republican Sr SenatorJan 13, 2015
Orrin Hatch s1oUT Republican Sr SenatorJan 20, 2015
James Inhofe s1oOK Republican Sr SenatorJan 16, 2015
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously RepresentativeJan 26, 2015
Ron Johnson s1oWI Republican Sr SenatorJan 16, 2015
Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr SenatorJan 16, 2015
James Lankford s1oOK Republican Senate challengerJan 29, 2015
Mike Lee s1oUT Republican Jr SenatorFeb 3, 2015
John McCain s1oAZ Republican Sr SenatorJan 13, 2015
Jerry Moran s1oKansas Republican (until 2010)Jan 16, 2015
Pat Roberts s1oKS Republican Sr SenatorJan 16, 2015
Mike Rounds s1oSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Feb 4, 2015
Dan Sullivan s1oAK Republican challengerFeb 4, 2015
Thom Tillis s1oNC Republican ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Pat Toomey s1oPA Republican Jr SenatorJan 20, 2015
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008)Jan 29, 2015

Independents participating in 15_S165

Jeff Sessions s1oAL Attorney GeneralJan 20, 2015

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 26
Independents: 1

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