WASHINGTON The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced legislation on Tuesday that would force President Barack Obama to publicize plans for transfers from the Guantanamo detention centre before moving any detainees.
Republican Representative Ed Royce introduced his bill the same day Obama offered his long-awaited plan for closing the detention centre. Currently, the administration must inform Congress of plans for any transfers, but those notices are classified.
"This legislation will bring much needed public scrutiny to the administration's mad rush to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo Bay before President Obama leaves office," Royce said in a statement.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Richard Chang)
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