WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined a large majority of other Democrats in the Senate Wednesday in voting to support a measure that would prohibit funding to transfer, release or incarcerate Guantanamo Bay detainees to or within the United States.
The measure passed the Senate by a 90 to 6 vote. Democratic leaders Richard Durbin of Illinois, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Carl Levin of Michigan and Patrick Leahy of Vermont voted against the measure.
“This has become a very controversial issue as you know,” Klobuchar told MPR’s Gary Eichten Wednesday. “The pPresident has long, just like John McCain and actually President Bush, have said that we need to close Guantanamo Bay. Of course the details are what’s most important and the problem right now is we don’t really have that plan in place in terms of the military tribunals that will decide some of the cases, the use of the federal courts where some of these people would be detained while they await trial, things like that aren’t really in place yet…
“…Just to vote for the money right now with the way the rhetoric has been so heated on this subject, I don’t think that would quite work with a lot of people. So the plan here is that the president is going to be addressing the country on this this week then we are also going to have this task force come out with some more firmer details on what is going to happen so people will know what they are voting for when they vote for the money.”