Washington, D.C. – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the below statement following the Obama administration’s release of 15 terrorists from Guantanamo Bay prison:

“Once again, President Obama has chosen to put the priorities of the extreme left over the safety and security of the American people. While we have prevented the president from shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, he continues to put American lives at risk by releasing terrorists held there — many of whom ultimately end up back on the battlefield killing American soldiers and plotting attacks against us  here at home. President Obama needs to stop putting American lives at risk by immediately ending the dangerous practice of releasing terrorists from Guantanamo, and instead focus on devising a comprehensive strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorists, which so far he has failed to do.”