The House is expected to vote next week on a resolution condemning the Obama administration for not giving Congress advance notice before exchanging Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.GOP aides said that the resolution sponsored by Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) is planned for floor consideration in the House’s first week back in session after the five-week August recess.
The administration is required by law to notify Congress at least 30 days ahead of time before transferring prisoners housed at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. President Obama said after the transfer took place that giving Congress a heads-up could have jeopardized the deal with the Taliban to free the American prisoner of war.The resolution expresses “grave concern” that releasing the five senior Taliban commanders raised national security risks.Additionally, it argues that the exchange harmed the administration’s working relationships with the legislative branch, stating that “these actions have burdened unnecessarily the trust and confidence in the commitment and ability of the Obama administration to constructively engage and work with Congress.”
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