U.S. Senate Committee Witholds Funding For Thomson Purchase

The Senate Armed Services Committee just released its summary text of the defense authorization bill it marked up last night. And look what the bill does, just like its House counterpart:

“Eliminates availability of funding for the construction of a military detention facility in Thomson, Illinois. Restricts the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention facility to certain countries where Al Qaeda has an active presence.”

The full text of the bill isn’t yet available. Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, last week floated that the money to buy Thomson — key to the administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay — could come from the Justice Department’s budget, which is still before the congressional judiciary committees.

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