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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay:

“Congress has waited for seven and a half years for President Obama to provide a plan to achieve his goal of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. What we received today is a vague menu of options, not a credible plan for closing Guantanamo, let alone a coherent policy to deal with future terrorist detainees. After years of rhetoric, the President has still yet to say how and where he will house both current and future detainees, including those his Administration has deemed as too dangerous to release. Rather than identify specific answers to those difficult questions, the President has essentially passed the buck to the Congress.

“The Senate Armed Services Committee will closely scrutinize and hold hearings on the details of what the President submitted today, but we can say now with confidence that the President has missed a major chance to convince the Congress and the American people that he has a responsible plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”