WASHINGTON — The House approved a resolution Tuesday condemning President Barack Obama for failing to tell them in advance of plans last May to exchange American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo.

WASHINGTON — The House approved a resolution Tuesday condemning President Barack Obama for failing to tell them in advance of plans last May to exchange American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo.


The resolution was approved 249-163 with 22 Democrats voting in favor. No Republican opposed it. It comes after the Government Accountability Office issued a report in July saying the Obama administration had failed to provide Congress the 30-day notification required under law for transferring prisoners from the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, issued statements after the vote stressing their disapproval of the prisoner swap itself.


"By acting unilaterally to release the Taliban 5, President Obama has jeopardized the safety of our nation and our people. His decision amounts to negotiating with terrorists, which the American people can neither afford nor tolerate," Womack said.


"The release of the five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay endangers our soldiers abroad and our citizens at home, and the president’s decision was not only wrong, but also unlawful," Griffin said. "Today’s bipartisan resolution makes clear that the president’s go-it-alone approach is unacceptable."


Democrats who opposed the resolution complained that electioneering was driving the effort and that it could harm Obama’s efforts to rally international and congressional support against Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.


In May, five senior Taliban were released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl, who had disappeared from his post in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. The Defense Department is investigating how he was captured by the Taliban. He is now at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.