February 26, 2016

On Tuesday, the Obama Administration presented Congress with a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and relocate the detainees to the United States. Last August, the Administration announcedit was assessing the Navy Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, as a possible facility where these terrorists could be held long term. For months, the South Carolina delegation, led by my friend Senator Tim Scott, has beenfighting this action.

Relocating some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists to U.S. soil is not only reckless but against the law. Time and time again, Congress has spoken clearly on this issue by passing, with bipartisan, veto-proof majorities, legislation barring the transfer of detainees to U.S. soil. In fact, last November the President signed into law the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, which included such language. Additionally, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter have confirmed the law “currently does not allow” Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers to the United States. Rather than striving to fulfill campaign promises, President Obama must put our national security first, follow the law, and halt all plans to transfer Gitmo detainees to the United States.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee passed with my support H.R. 3892, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015. This bill asks the State Department to formally recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization that threatens the United States, or indicate which criteria have not been met to warrant such a designation. Once the State Department bestows this designation, it will decrease the ability of Muslim Brotherhood members to infiltrate our country. This bill is one of many steps Congress is taking to close gaps in our national security and fight global terrorism.

The Select Committee on Benghazi continues to break an immense amount of new ground as we compile the most comprehensive accounting of what happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. As we approach our 80th witness interview and work to complete our report and recommendations before this summer, it is time for the administration to turn over records this committee requested nearly one year ago. The American people and the families of the victims deserve the truth.

To stay up to date with the Select Committee, please visit the website or follow the committee on twitter.

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