The Senate on Thursday passed a $91 billion supplemental spending bill. The bulk of the spending would pay for war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The bill contains $73 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without providing, to my mind, the kind of exit strategy to both conflicts that I believe we need," Senator Bernie Sanders said. A long-time critic of the war in Iraq, Sanders also has voiced reservations about the United States becoming bogged down in Afghanistan. The fate of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, also was debated during consideration of the bill. "I agree with President Obama that Guantanamo must be shut down. I want it shut down as soon as possible. I want to make sure that torture is never again part of America's interrogation practices and that all detainees are treated under the rules of the Geneva Conventions," Sanders said.
"A number of important questions remain unanswered regarding the rather complicated issue of not just how you close down the facility, but what you do with the prisoners," he added. "Are there some who should be released, are there others who should be returned to their home countries, are we confident that under Bush the correct determinations were made with respect to these prisoners' status as ‘enemy combatants'? In order to answer these questions, President Obama has appointed a high-level committee of top administration officials who will be issuing a report in the coming months. I think that it is prudent to review that plan they develop before we spend $80 million in taxpayer money."