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Kaine Statement On Trip To Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after his trip last Friday to the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay:

“I expect the Senate to have a vigorous debate about the future of the detention facility at Guantanamo when we take up the Defense Authorizing bill in September.  In order to inform myself, I went there last Friday with Virginia Congressmen Frank Wolf, Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly.  We had a full tour and it provided necessary context for the debate ahead.  I was glad that our visit coincided with the Administration announcing the transfer of two detainees to Algeria.  I believe we need to do more to expedite such transfers and look forward to working with my colleagues on the right solutions in the days ahead.”