June 18, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. Senate today voted to pass the $106 billion supplemental war funding bill, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement:
"Despite my multiple concerns with the war supplemental funding bill, I am voting in favor of the bill in order to provide the needed funding for our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan," Inhofe said. "Our troops deserve better than to have politics stand between them and needed resources. I will work hard to address the concerns with this bill through other legislative means.
Inhofe continued, "One problem I have with this bill is the inclusion of a provision that allows the President to transfer terrorist detainees currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States for trials. Although the Senate voted 90-6 on a bipartisan amendment that would prohibit funding for the transfer of those detainees to the United States, the conference report removed that language, allowing detainees to be sent here for criminal prosecution.
"I am very troubled by the President's insistence to bring terrorist prisoners to the United States. Gitmo is a state of the art facility that provides humane treatment for all detainees and is fully compliant with the Geneva Convention. President Obama is pushing for their transfer in face of Senate opposition and the will of the American people.
"I have introduced S.370 to address this issue. I am pleased that Senators Barrasso, Coburn, DeMint, Johanns, Roberts, and Thune have joined me in this endeavor. I am hopeful that the full Senate will take up this measure soon, and I will work with my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stop these transfers that threaten our national security."