Why President Obama Is Restricted From Negotiating An End To Lease For Guantanamo

Public Law No: 114-92 (11/25/2015)

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016


Subtitle D--Counterterrorism

(Sec. 1036) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) close or abandon Guantanamo, (2) relinquish control of Guantanamo to Cuba, or (3) implement a material modification to the 1934 Treaty Between the United States of America and Cuba that constructively closes Guantanamo.

This prohibition is generally construed to expire with the law at the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year.