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Congress Ready For Fight With Obama Over Refugee Rules [ Picture]

Friday, November 20, 2015 13:38
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US: House approves new refugee rules

US President Obama vows to veto legislation if it reaches his desk

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve legislation halting Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they pass stringent background checks.

The 289-137 veto proof vote came with overwhelming Republican support and, 48 Democrats crossed party lines to back the bill.

“If our law enforcement and intelligence community cannot verify that each and every person coming here is not a security threat, then they shouldn’t be allowed in,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters before the vote. “Right now, the government can’t certify these standards.”

The bill, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or American SAFE Act of 2015, will now go to the Senate. If passed by that chamber, it will go to President Barack Obama.

The White House has said that Obama will veto any legislation that seeks to upend his commitment to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of next October.

Ryan said that Obama’s veto threat “baffles” him.       source

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