A leading Republican congressman proposed legislation on Monday that critics say would force U.S. President Barack Obama to keep the Guantanamo Bay military prison open and fund renovations, despite his renewed bid to shut it down.

Representative Howard McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, also included language in a 2014 defense authorization bill that would again prohibit transfers of inmates to the United States or countries like Yemen without certain guarantees to Congress.

The bill would also authorize $247.4 million for construction costs, after warnings by the military that temporary facilities built more than a decade ago are crumbling.