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FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Two American values, never leave a man behind and never negotiate with terrorists, collided in the Bergdahl calamity with each ethos running deep in the American conscience. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)
House panel bars U.S. funds for Guantanamo transfers
First Published Jun 10 2014 09:09 am • Last Updated Jun 10 2014 09:09 am

Washington • A House panel has overwhelmingly backed a measure barring the use of U.S. funds for the transfer of detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The move comes amid a congressional outcry over the swap of five Taliban leaders for an imprisoned American soldier.

The Appropriations Committee voted 33-13 on Tuesday for an amendment to the defense spending bill that captured bipartisan frustration with the Obama administration for failing to give Congress 30 days’ notice before Guantanamo detainees are released. Five were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG’-dahl).

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The amendment was sponsored by Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (FREE’-ling-hy-zehn) of New Jersey and backed by six Democrats. It would prohibit money for the foreign transfer of detainees. The five Taliban were sent to Qatar.

The full House debates the bill next week.




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