House Republicans have seen the enemy, and it is Daniel Fried–the State Department special envoy who has been trotting around the globe for the last two years trying to persuade other countries to help the United States resettled Guantanamo detainees. An amendment to H.R. 1 adopted by the House the other day on a 249 – 179 vote reads as follows:
Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the salaries and expenses for the . . . Special Envoy to oversee the closure of the Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay.
This especially stupid and destructive piece of legislation is the handiwork of one Rep. Steven Scalise (La.), who included Fried as part of a list of “Czars” he wants to defund.
I’m not sure Lawfare readers need an explanation of how dumb this idea is, but for those who do, here goes: