Jolly looks to hinder Obama on Gitmo
Rep. David Jolly is highlighting his role in securing a measure in the sweeping defense bill that hinders President Obama’s ability to close the military base at Guantanamo Bay.
“Gitmo is a critical asset to our country’s national security, providing a persistent U.S. presence and immediate access to the region, as well as supporting a layered defense to secure the air and maritime approaches to the United States,” Jolly said in a release to be released Monday morning.
Jolly, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, introduced the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act (H.R. 654) in February, “just days after Cuban President Raul Castro said normalized relations would not be possible without transferring the base to the Cuban government,” his staff said, noting the language was added to the must-pass defense bill.
Obama has been seeking ways to depopulate the prison, over objections from Republicans. Jolly’s bill pertains to the facility.
“Preservation of our assets in Cuba is just common sense. Again, there is no reason to relinquish a Department of Defense asset critical to our national security,” Jolly said in the release.