Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) issued the following statement this morning in response to the President’s plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
“While the President is trying to make good on his promise to close Gitmo, my promise to the American people is I will not support such a move. Moving enemy combatants onto United States soil will only embolden the enemies of freedom who wish to do us harm,” Jolly said.
“At a time when terrorists and radical extremists are spreading around the world, we must remain steadfast in our resolve to defeat those who wish to attack Americans. The President should focus on defeating terrorists, not accommodating them. The stakes are simply too high to jeopardize America’s security and close Gitmo,” Jolly added
Jolly has been committed to protecting America’s national security interests in Cuba. Last year, the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by the President, included Jolly’s language prohibiting the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from being closed, abandoned or relinquished to the Cuban government.
The Florida congressman originally introduced the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act (H.R. 654) in February of 2015, just days after Cuban President Raul Castro said normalized relations would not be possible without transferring the base to the Cuban government.
The language from Jolly’s proposal protecting Gitmo was later added to the NDAA.
President Barack Obama signed the NDAA into law on November 24, 2015.
Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced Jolly’s Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act in the Senate to reauthorize the language included in the NDAA.
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