Sen. Tim Scott uses State of the Union seeing assignment to make statement on Gitmo

U.S. Sen.Tim Scott (R-SC) will use his seating arrangements at tonight's State of the Union Address to make a statement against President Obama's possible closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.


U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) will use his seating arrangements at tonight's State of the Union Address to make a statement against President Obama's possible closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"At #SOTU I'll sit with @SenCoryGardner & @SenPatRoberts in opposition to @POTUS plan to move #Gitmo terrorists to American communities," Scott tweeted.

Scott is referring to U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).

In recent months, Scott has been vocal about the president's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay facility and move the detainees to alternate facilities in the United States, possibly including the Navy brig in Lanahan, SC.

The Administration has surveyed sites in South Carolina, Kansas, and Colorado as potential replacements for Guantanamo.

"Senators Gardner, Roberts, and Scott have led opposition to the President’s plans to again ignore the law, the will of Congress and the American people and use executive action to move the detainees to the mainland," according to a press release issued by Sen. Gardner.

Gardner pointed to the President's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2015, which contained language blocking the transfer of detainees to the United States for prosecution or detention.

"Senators Gardner, Roberts, and Scott are concerned with the 30 percent recidivism rate among released detainees, the hundreds of millions of dollars it will cost to construct a new facility, and the fact that opening domestic facility would place a bright red bulls-eye for acts of terror on an American community," concluded the release.

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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