GOP lawmakers criticize $750,000 Gitmo soccer field
At least four House members and one staffer from the Senate appropriations committee have pushed the Department of Defense for answers on the new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay.
Fox News first reported on the $750,000 controversial project Tuesday.
Congressman Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla., is introducing the “NO FIELD ACT” that would penalize the Department of Defense and cut the 2013 budget by $744,000 — the price tag for the Camp 6 soccer field.
“This may be the poster child for this election as to what’s wrong with this country,” Ross told Fox News in an interview from Tampa.
“We’re talking about a significant amount of money spent for terrorist detainees at a camp that we are told is supposed to be closed,” he said.
And Ross said the message from voters was clear. “I have heard from my constituents, ‘please tell us this is not true,’ you’re asking us to contribute and is this the fair share the president is talking about?”
On the House floor this week, Congressman Ted Poe, R-Tx., underscored, what he portrayed, as the lunacy of the project.
While American soldiers are killed in Afghanistan, Poe said the U.S. government is getting ready for its grand opening of the soccer field.