Today, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett joined Minority Leader John Boehner and other House Republicans in taking a parliamentary action which would force House Speaker Pelosi to allow a vote on H.R. 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act. After signing the discharge petition, Congressman Barrett issued the following statement:
"Last January, when President Obama announced his intention to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I made it clear I would do everything within my power to make certain the terrorists held there never stepped foot on American soil.
"Since that time, I have worked with my colleagues to offer legislation that would prevent the serious security threat posed by transferring terrorists to our country. But, at every turn, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have used their majority to block these pieces of legislation from coming to the House floor for a vote.
"With the news that five terrorists will be tried in New York and strong indications that additional terrorists could be transferred to the Naval Brig in North Charleston, the urgency of this situation has escalated dramatically and demands immediate legislative action. To that end, I joined Minority Leader John Boehner and others today in attempting to force Speaker Pelosi to hold a vote on H.R. 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act. This is just one more step in our continuing efforts to protect and defend the safety and security of all Americans."
The Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which Congressman Barrett co-sponsored, requires the Obama Administration to receive certification from state governors and state legislatures before any Guantanamo Bay detainee could be transferred to their respective states.