Coffman Statement on Pentagon Plan to Close GTMO
Washington, DC – Today, the Pentagon released a plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, including Colorado.
“I remain adamantly opposed to closing GTMO. The answer to the President’s plan is no, absolutely not. These hardened terrorists are irregular enemy combatants who should be housed at Guantanamo, and not in Colorado nor in any other state,” said U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO).
The purpose of the Pentagon report is to get Congress to lift restrictions on transferring detainees to the United States that represent the key roadblock to closing the prison. Since FY2011, Congress has annually passed legislation to prevent the transfer of any GTMO detainees to U.S. soil. The President has signed that legislation into law each year.
Coffman has been a leading critic of President Obama’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to U.S. soil. In November of 2015, Coffman wrote a letter to the President outlining his objections to closing GTMO.
Coffman has a combined 21 years of military service and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is a Marine Corps combat veteran with service in both the first Gulf War and the Iraq War.