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Bergdahl release brings reaction from Texas congressmen

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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 4:30 am

The trade of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl brought some political fallout from Texans in Congress.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke to the Senate about introducing legislation to make sure that President Barack Obama can’t release any more terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without Congress’ approval for the next six months.

“Americans need to know how the Obama administration thinks it has made our nation safer by negotiating with terrorists to release these five dangerous terrorist leaders,” Cruz told the Senate. “Until President Obama can make his case and convince the American public that this swap was in our national interest, prudence dictates that all further transfers and releases from Guantanamo Bay should be off the table.”

Taylor Gilliam, spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, relayed Carter’s opinion about Obama’s actions in an emailed response: “This is another example of the lawless nation President Obama is creating. Every law that is inconvenient to the president’s political agenda is swept under the rug and the laws that fit his agenda are enforced to their fullest extent. This is not what we call a rule of law country. We can’t pick and choose the laws that we want to abide by. Our soldiers and their families deserve honesty and transparency from the Obama administration. Sadly they are being subjected to the same culture of corruption as the rest of the country.”

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