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Dear Friend,

This week, I sponsored two measures to prevent President Obama from implementing his irresponsible and dangerous plan to close Guantanamo Bay military detention facility. 

The first resolution calls for those involved with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, captured by the United States to be detained at Guantanamo Bay. The second resolution states that the president’s proposal, if carried out through an executive action, would be in direct violation of nine separate laws, and states the reasons why any alternative location would be unacceptable and dangerous to the security of our homeland. Further, it reiterates statements by this administration acknowledging that any move by the president to put military combatants detained at Guantanamo on the mainland would be against the law.

The interests and safety of our homeland should come ahead of any political move that seeks to do otherwise. Unfortunately, the president appears more focused on releasing terrorists to fulfill his political promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison. We must continue to utilize this critical detention facility in the fight against global terrorism. We must keep those who wish to do us harm off the battlefield, and, especially off of American soil.

To learn more about these resolutions, click here.

Working to Provide Prevention and Treatment Options for Zika Virus
This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions passed a measure to encourage the development of treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as the Zika virus. During the last several months, the mosquito-borne virus has spread rapidly throughout South America and has infected American travelers. I encourage the Senate to act swiftly and pass this bill to help encourage the development of vaccines and treatments for the Zika virus.

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What’s on Tap?

One of my goals as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs has been to bring much-needed accountability to all levels of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate VA Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 2:15 p.m., to discuss proposals to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

You can watch a live stream of the hearing on Tuesday by clicking here.

Johnny Isakson