Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Comments on Obama's Plan to Close GTMO

Feb 23, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today reacted to President Obama’s plan to close the terrorist detention center at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

“President Obama couldn’t be bothered to meet last week’s statutory deadline to send Congress a comprehensive strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Instead, he sent us a plan to let terrorists and sworn enemies of the United States out of jail,” said Shimkus. “That’s not what we need, it’s not what the American people want, and it’s not going to make our country any safer.”

Background: The annual National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law by President Obama last October, required the president to submit to Congress a plan to defeat the Islamic State by February 15. That same NDAA also maintained the longstanding prohibition against transferring detainees to the United States as part of any attempt to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.