WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today after the House passed a resolution condemning the Obama administration's failure to follow the law and properly notify Congress before releasing terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay (H.Res. 644):
“By negotiating with terrorists, the Obama administration encouraged our enemies. By setting free five top Taliban commanders from U.S. custody, the Obama administration made Americans less safe. And by ignoring the law that requires the White House to notify Congress at least 30 days before implementing this kind of transfer, the Obama administration did damage to our institutions of democratic government. Today’s vote demonstrates that many Republicans and Democrats have grave concerns about President Obama’s release of these terrorists and how it impacts our foreign policy and Americans’ safety.”
NOTE: Speaker Boehner's first statement regarding the prisoner exchange in May is here.