The move comes the day after a new intelligence report revealed that two more former inmates have returned to terrorist activity since being released.
The twin developments further set back the administration’s efforts to close Guantanamo, an early pledge of President Barack Obama. However, the White House is continuing to express optimism that the goal will be reached despite the administration’s dwindling time in office.
While the latest bill passed largely along party lines and is unlikely to move forward in the Senate, it signals a continued resistance to the administration’s efforts to reduce the prison population. Capitol Hill’s unwillingness to allow detainees to be housed in the United States has posed a major obstacle as the White House tries to find homes for the 61 remaining Guantanamo prisoners.