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Biden signs Defense Authorization Act, but voices concerns

2022-12-23T16:12:18Z

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Defense Department personnel during a visit to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signed the Defense Authorization Act, but he voiced concerns about several of its provisions, including one that he said could hamper the administration’s prosecution of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

“I urge the Congress to eliminate these restrictions as soon as possible,” Biden said in a statement, referring to a provision barring the use of funds to transfer certain detainees into the United States.