The House narrowly defeated a bill that would have banned the transfer of terror suspects from the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to domestic federal prisons. Despite Majority Leader Trey Gowdy's (R-SC) warnings that transferring prisoners to American prisons would make those areas more subject to attack, and Rep. Kevin Yoder's (R-KS) claims that the American people supported the bill, several members defected from the Republican position. The bill failed 14-16.
Two Republicans also abstained on a bill that would have empowered local law enforcement to police and deport undocumented immigrants. Those abstentions ended up dooming the bill, which failed on a 12-12-2 vote.
The only controversial piece of legislation to pass was H.R. 34, which will create a public financing system for congressional elections. Seven Republicans joined all 12 Democrats in supporting the bill. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation shortly.
In his afternoon radio broadcast, conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh expressed concern about Republican absences from the House floor and offered to send vitamin supplements to the next Republican caucus meeting.