Tapping heightened safety concerns after the Paris terror attacks, HouseRepublicans – joined overwhelmingly by Democrats – approved legislation Thursday effectively halting the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S.
But, facing a veto threat from the White House, Republican leaders in Congress are now considering including the restrictions as part of a must-pass spending bill to keep the federal government running past Dec. 11, raising the specter of another government shutdown.
The House bill would require the leaders of the nation’s security apparatus – the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence – to certify that refugees who are admitted pose no security threat.
The White House said the House bill creates “unnecessary and impractical requirements,” noting the current screening process takes up to 24 months. Critics say it would essentially shut down the program.
The House approved the measure 289-137 on Thursday, as several dozen Democrats joined Republicans,** crossing the threshold needed to overcome a presidential veto**. The outcome in the Senate remains uncertain.
I understand the arguments of the conservatives that it does not go far enough but for now it woud halt the program and it’s a major rebuke to Obama.