Joe Biden has called on Congress to lift restrictions on the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
The president signed the National Defense Authorization law, which contemplates a budget of 770 billion dollars.
U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that Congress should lift restrictions on the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military base on the island of Cuba after signing the federal budget, spending and defense policy.
Despite signing the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a budget of $770 billion (approximately 80 680 billion), Biden has been critical of preventing the transfer of prisoners to other prisons at home and abroad. , And, with it, its closure.
The law prohibits the use of funds for the effective detention or transfer of Guantanamo detainees to certain foreign countries (...) and prohibits the use of funds for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees from Guantanamo Bay. "The United States of America, until certain conditions are met," he said in a statement from the White House.
In this regard, he stressed that the law "makes it difficult to enforce the final sentence of a court which had ordered the release of a detainee through a writ of habeas corpus" and that " I also limit the flexibility of the executive power. Participation in sensitive matters. Negotiations with foreign countries. "
Likewise, he was concerned that this legislation requires departments and agencies to submit reports to certain committees that, in the ordinary course, "will include classified information," that is, information from "intelligence sources or military operational plans."
"The Constitution confers on the president the authority to prevent the disclosure of sensitive information from fulfilling his responsibility to protect national security (...) Consequently, it has been a common practice of the Executive Branch to comply with the legal requirements of presentation reporting in a way that meets the needs of Congress," he added.
The final version of the bill also includes a 2.7 percent salary increase for service members and civilian employees of the Department of Defense. It also establishes a war commission to examine the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan and provides a sum in military aid to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), as reported by CNN.
In addition, it contemplates several changes in the military justice system to combat sexual harassment within the US Army. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said earlier this month that it is "a historic initiative" that will prosecute crimes related to sexual harassment and abuse within the institution.