From NBC's Ken Strickland
Seeking to avoid a nasty fight on the Senate floor, sources say Senate Democratic leaders are planning to pull any remnants of money for closing Gitmo out of the supplemental war funding bill.
The emergency legislation, as it's currently written, would provide $50 million to the Defense Department to close Gitmo, but would release the money only after the administration puts forward a plan on how the funds will be used and where the detainees would be placed.
But according to Democratic sources, the Appropriations Committee chairman will offer an amendment to strip out the aforementioned language, which would in effect ignore any money for Gitmo altogether. This is the approach the House took when it passed its version of the supplemental.
Politically, this is a loss for the administration. President Obama had requested millions to close Gitmo with no strings attached. The House acted first as last week, when Democratic leaders passed its version and didn't give the administration a dime. Their attitude was essentially, "When you have a plan, we'll get you the money."
The Senate, at first, took a softer approach and decided to give the administration the money with significant strings attached. But today, the Senate appears ready to follow the House model and ignore the request all together.