Colorado House rejects measure opposing Guantanamo detainees

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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 1:26 PM

DENVER (AP) — A symbolic measure in the Colorado Legislature to oppose the potential transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Fremont County has failed in the Democratic House.

A House committee defeated the resolution Monday. It had no effect, but said that "Coloradans are overwhelmingly opposed to the transfer."

The measure was sponsored by a Senate Republican whose district includes facilities under consideration for Guantanamo transfers. The measure sailed through the Republican Senate.

Democrats say they don't want to see Guantanamo transfers to Colorado, either. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet have both said they oppose Guantanamo detainees in Colorado.

But Democrats in the Legislature called the resolution unnecessary.

President Barack Obama has said he plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Congress has blocked the plan.