Gardner Supports Congressional Oversight of Guantanamo Bay Naval Lease

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he has joined Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in supporting the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act. Without this legislation, the President could unilaterally modify or terminate the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay’s lease. This legislation would prevent the President from terminating or modifying the lease without Congressional approval. 


“This legislation is necessary to ensure the President does not act unilaterally and ignore the will of the American people as he has done many times before,” said Gardner. “Guantanamo Bay is tailor-made for terrorists and the President must not subvert Congress in an attempt to keep a seven-year old campaign promise to close the facility. Furthermore, the naval base is a strategic asset to our military presence in the region and allows our Navy and Coast Guard to freely operate and resupply in the Caribbean. We must not capitulate to the Castro regime and reward a dictator who is responsible for gross human rights abuses. This legislation empowers Congress to stop the President from terminating the Guantanamo Bay lease, allowing for us to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States and preserve a strategic military port.” 


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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