Walsh Balks at Bush Request for Guantanamo Courthouses
The Bush administration plans to approach Congress this week with an emergency request for more than $100 million to build courthouses and a legal compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to Rep. James Walsh, who is being asked to approve the measure for the House. But Walsh, a Republican who will chair a military appropriations subcommittee for only a few more weeks before Democrats take control, said he will refuse to support the request, which has received no public scrutiny or debate.
Walsh is an 18-year incumbent who barely survived an election challenge this fall during which his opponent made the Iraq war the top issue. Walsh has said that in his next term he would focus more on national issues and take a more active role in the war on terror and Iraq.