McConnell Critical of Administration's End-Run on Purchase of Illinois Prison

Statement

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: Oct. 2, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the Obama Administration's decision to purchase Thomson Prison without approval from Congress:

"Congress has repeatedly rejected the Obama administration's effort to use taxpayer funds to purchase this prison. It is clear that the funding law that Sen. Durbin voted for and President Obama signed does not suddenly authorize what Congress has repeatedly denied. This election-eve purchase comes at the expense of delaying approved projects that are not in the President's home state. And there is overwhelming, bipartisan opposition to the President's plan to transfer terrorists from the secure detention facility at Guantanamo bay into the United States. Terrorists don't deserve the same legal rights as the Americans they're targeting. We should be focused on stopping terrorists, not defending them. And Americans would rather their tax dollars be spent preventing attacks from terrorists, than spent bringing them into their cities and towns as the Obama administration has repeatedly tried to achieve."