Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted for H.Res 644 today. The measure condemns President Obama’s Administration for failing to comply with the statute requiring a 30-day notification period for Congress before releasing five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay.

H.Res 644 passed by a bipartisan vote of 249 to 163.

“President Obama circumvented the law when he failed to notify Congress regarding the decision to release five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay prison, plain and simple,” observed Congressman Dent. “Congress was not notified until three days after the Taliban prisoners were released, rather than being given the 30-day statutory notice that such a prisoner swap would take place as required by the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2014. This is simply unacceptable.”

“While he may find it inconvenient to keep Congress informed, as required by statute, or frustrating because duly elected legislators from districts across the fifty states have the thoughts and beliefs of the citizens they represent to consider before acceding to his legislative agenda, the fact is both are the realities of his current job,” concluded the Congressman.

Note:  On August 21, 2014 the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a finding that the Department of Defense failed to provide the required Congressional notification.

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