“Quinn, Durbin irked with Va. lawmaker over prison sale rejection” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on July 30, 2012

Rick Pearson — July 28, 2012: “Veteran Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf’s rejection of the Justice Department’s latest bid to purchase the unused Thomson prison in western Illinois has drawn the ire of two leading Illinois Democratswho accused the congressman of sacrificing jobs over politics.

Wolf, a powerful lawmaker who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the federal Bureau of Prisons, said late Friday he was ‘unequivocally’ rejecting a request to redirect $165 million from other programs to purchase Thomson from the state. He previously rejected a similar effort.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf said he didn’t trust President Barack Obama’s administration when it pledged it would not use the prison to house suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A federal law already prohibits bringing terrorist detainees to U.S. soil…………………..”

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