Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said on Thursday that he expects a Pentagon plan soon on the closing of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
McCain said that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has promised to present a plan for the shutdown of Gitmo.
“I talked to him this morning and he said a plan would be forthcoming,” he said. A defense policy bill led by McCain, which passed in the Senate on Thursday, would allow the Obama administration a path to shut down the controversial prison as long as it is approved by Congress.
The administration criticized the congressional approval process, deeming it “unnecessary and overly restrictive.”
McCain said he wasn’t informed of a timeline for receiving the plan, but said that he was first told that a plan was coming three weeks ago.
“The President asked me over to the White House. I didn't request to come to the White House,” he told reporters. “They invited me over there about the issue of the detainees. I said give us a plan.”
Detainees at Guantanamo have slowly been transferred to other facilities, with the Obama administration most recently sending six longtime detainees from the Cuba facility to Oman, a nation on the Arabian Peninsula.
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