(FILES) In this January 19, 2012 file photo, reviewed by the US military shows the front gate of "Camp Six" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON / FILES)
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The Senate is poised to pass a bill that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States -- something Barack Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president.The Senate planned to vote Tuesday on the $607 billion defense policy bill, which passed the House last week, 370-58 .The legislation has become a lightning rod for debate over whether the president needs congressional approval to move some of the remaining 112 detainees from the detention center at a U.S. Navy base in Cuba to the United States, or if he could do it with an executive order.Congress has repeatedly thwarted Obama's effort to fulfill a 2008 campaign promise and close the military prison.On Monday, Earnest said the White House is focused on working with Congress to shut down Guantanamo, but he left the door open on the president taking executive action.
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