Smith Amendment No. 20 to the NDAA
On Agreeing to the Amendment
House Roll Call No. 237
113rd Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 174-249 (see complete tally)

On June 14, 2013, the House rejected Amendment 20 of H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act, by a vote of174-249.  With certain stipulations, the ACLU supported Amendment 74, introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), James Moran (D-VA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).  The Smith amendment would have provided a framework to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by December 1, 2014, by removing many of the statutory hurdles currently in place – including bans on transferring detainees to the U.S. for prosecution in Article III courts, and restrictions on the use of funds to transfer detainees to foreign countries for resettlement or repatriation.  The amendment also would have required closure to coincide with the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and an end to detention authority pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).  

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 237
Votes For : 174
Votes Against : 249
Not Voting : 11