Does Murphy Support the Release of 15 Gitmo Terrorists?

“The release of 15 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay is a threat to the safety of all Americans, yet Patrick Murphy continues to stand in lock-step with the Obama administration’s dangerous national security views. From supporting the Iran deal to releasing terrorists from Guantanamo, Murphy can’t be trusted to keep Florida’s families safe. Floridians deserve to know – does Patrick Murphy support the release of 15 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay?” – Olivia Perez-Cubas, Rubio spokeswoman

GUANTANAMO BAY

On June 16, 2016, Murphy voted against Lamborn amendment to H.R. 5293, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which would prohibit using funds to survey, assess, or review an alternative site to Guantanamo Bay in the United States. “Lamborn, R-Colo., amendment that would prohibit use of funds by the Defense Department to survey, assess or review potential locations in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.” (Lamborn Amdt. No. 29 To H.R. 5293, Roll Call Vote 319: Passed 245-175, 6/16/16, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/27/16)

In 2015, Murphy voted for the first First Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for constructing a facility in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.“Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8101 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to construct, acquire or modify any facility in the United States, or its territories, to «house» Guantanamo Bay detainees for purposes of imprisonment.” (First Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #337: Failed 173-259, R 4-240, D 169-19, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

In 2015, Murphy Voted for the second Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8102 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to transfer any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the custody or control of the individual’s home country or any other foreign country except in accordance with the fiscal 2014 defense authorization act.” (Second Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #338: Failed 181-251, R 6-238, D 175-13, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

On June 19, 2014, Murphy voted against the Cotton amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 that would restruct the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to any foreign country. “Cotton, R-Ark., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to release or transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their country of origin or to any other foreign country.” (H.R. 4870 Cotton Amendment, Roll Call Vote #323: Passed 230-184: R 218-10, D 12-174, 6/19/14, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

IRAN DEAL

In September 2015, Murphy voted to approve the Iran nuclear deal. “Passage of the bill that would express Congress’ approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.” (H R 3461, Roll Call Vote #493: Failed 162-269, R 0-244, D 162-25, 9/11/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

Murphy touted that he “stood with the President” in supporting the Iran nuclear deal. “Hoping to revive their party into an effective force in county politics, Hillsborough County Democrats held what leaders called a record-breaking fundraiser Saturday night with a local favorite as speaker, U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Patrick Murphy. A liberal firebrand known for inflammatory rhetoric, Grayson sharply criticizes Murphy on the stump while the more conservative Murphy uses a softer tone. [Murphy] began his speech at the party’s Kennedy-King fundraising dinner noting that he ‘stood with the president’ by supporting the proposed nuclear arms limiting agreement with Iran. In the speech and an interview, Murphy sought to emphasize his commitment to Democratic values, suggesting he’s just as true a Democrat as Grayson.” (William March, “Senate Candidate Murphy Burnishes His Credentials At Democratic Fundraiser,” Tampa Bay Times, 9/12/15)

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