WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has illustrated its deep divide over the future of the U.S. prison at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, voting down dueling bills to loosen and tighten restrictions on transferring terror suspects.
The result fails to advance significantly President Barack Obama's goal of closing the facility. But it blocks legislation that would have made that goal even harder.
An amendment to the annual defense policy bill providing Obama greater flexibility to try suspects in the U.S. or release them overseas fell eight votes shy of the 60-vote threshold needed for passage. The vote was 52-46.
An opposing amendment making it harder for Obama to move prisoners was defeated 55-43.
That leaves language in the bill only slightly advancing Obama's cause. Any law needs the GOP-led House's support, and that is unlikely.