Congress to Castro: Sorry Raul, No Guantanamo For You

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Earlier this week, at the United Nations, Cuban dictator Raul Castro demanded the return of Guantanamo as a condition for the "normalization" of relations with the United States.

Today, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to support -- by a 270-156 margin -- the House-Senate Conference Report to H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

Among the provisions in the Conference Report is Section 1036, which states:

"No amounts authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2016 may be used— (1) to close or abandon United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; (2) to relinquish control of Guantanamo Bay to the Republic of Cuba; or (3) to implement a material modification to the Treaty Between the United States of America and Cuba signed at Washington, D.C. on May 29, 1934 that constructively closes United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay."

The Senate will consider the Conference Report next week.