Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
WASHINGTON â?? Congressional Republicans elevated stress on the White Property on Wednesday to halt a plan for Syrian refugees, setting up a confrontation with President Obama more than the situation as they head into a battle more than spending next month.
Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas and chairman of the Property Homeland Safety Committee, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would beef up the screening process for Syrians and Iraqis who enter the United States as refugees. The Home is expected to vote on the measure on Thursday, a outstanding pace for legislation that showed the urgency in Congress to respond to the deadly attacks in Paris.
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The bill, which received the full help of Speaker Paul D. Ryan, would demand that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the secretary of the Division of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence confirm that each and every applicant from Syria and Iraq poses no threat. The bill did not go into distinct measures rather, it said that officials â??shall take all actions necessaryâ? for a â??thoroughâ? background verify.
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A expanding quantity of governors said they oppose the entry of Syrian refugees into their states.
In response, the White Residence issued a statement on Wednesday saying that President Obama would veto the legislation.
But Mr. Ryan argued that the plan required to be paused â??until we can be specific beyond any doubt that these coming here are not a threat.â?
â??Itâ??s that basic. And I donâ??t think itâ??s asking too a lot,â? Mr. Ryan added. In spite of calls by some Republicans that Muslim refugees be given various consideration from other religious groups, Mr. Ryan said the House bill would not take an applicantâ??s religion into account.
By late Wednesday, many Residence Democrats said they too would sign on to the Republican measure, citing fears for American security and a lack of a cohesive strategy by the administration.
Even though Mr. Ryan and other Republican leaders are eager to hold the matter of Syrian refugees detached from a spending measure that Congress should pass just before Dec. 11 to keep the government open, some lawmakers already raised the notion of tying funding to the policy.
Representative Bradley Byrne, Republican of Alabama and a member of the Residence Armed Solutions Committee, introduced legislation on Wednesday that would eliminate all funding for resettling the refugees.
â??We have shared our language with the Appropriations Committee and would welcome its inclusion in what ever the final funding bill appears like,â? stated Seth Morrow, a spokesman. â??Congressman Byrne believes the power of the purse is the best tool we have to quit the Syrian refugee resettlement program.â?