Obama to Deliver Statement on Guantánamo Bay

President Obama will deliver a statement this morning on Guantánamo Bay, and that statement is expected to address a plan for closing the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.
The president will speak from the Roosevelt Room at the White House at 10:30 a.m. ET, according to the White House. The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon's long-awaited plan to shut down the detention facility at Guantanamo will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday.

U.S. officials say the long-awaited plan, which has been on Obama's agenda since he took office in 2009, calls for up to $475 million in construction costs, according to the AP. The cost would in part cover the transfer of some of the remaining 91 detainees to facilities in the United States, but officials say it will ultimately be offset by as much as $180 million per year in operating cost savings.

The Defense Department hopes the plan will convince lawmakers to allow for the transfer of nearly 60 detainees to the U.S., but it provides few details, and may only further antagonize members of Congress who have repeatedly passed legislation banning any effort to move detainees to the U.S.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of House Armed Services Committee, has said his panel would hold a hearing on a closure plan. But he sent a letter to Obama warning that Congress has made clear what details must be included in any plan and that anything less than that would be unacceptable.
Of course.

You can watch the President's address live at MSNBC.

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