House panel ties foreign aid to Guantanamo transfers

Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON -- A House panel has unveiled a $48.3 billion foreign aid measure that would impose new restrictions on the Obama administration's transfer of detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The spending bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 also would increase assistance to help Ukraine after Russia's annexation of Crimea and provide funds for overseas operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Appropriations subcommittee released the details late Monday and the panel will debate and vote on the measure on Tuesday.

The conditions on transfers from Guantanamo come amid congressional anger over President Barack Obama's decision to exchange five Taliban officials who had been held at the prison for more than a decade for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, a captive in Afghanistan.

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