The House has voted in favor of keeping open the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The vote Tuesday broke mostly along party lines and upheld current law that blocks the use of taxpayer funds to build or renovate facilities in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists and other prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

It was the first vote since President Barack Obama said last month that he was still determined to close the facility. Obama first made that promise more than four years ago but has been consistently rebuffed by Congress.

Obama and Democratic allies like Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia -- who backed Obama's position on the House floor -- say it's unfair to indefinitely detain prisoners without trial and that relatively few detainees are members of al-Qaida.

 

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