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Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugee screening

Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugee screening

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Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugee screening
AP via Fox News ^ | 11/18/15 | Mike Emanuel

Posted on 11/19/2015 12:28:08 PM PST by Enlightened1

President Obama threatened late Wednesday to veto legislation aimed at improving screening for Syrian refugees, potentially putting the White House and Congress on a collision course in a matter of days.

The veto threat came as the House was preparing the bill — which sets high hurdles for refugee admission including FBI background checks and sign-offs by top officials — for floor action as early as Thursday. In a committee meeting, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, accused the president of confusing the public about the intentions of the legislation.

Moments later, the White House issued a statement defending the current screening process and claiming the changes called for under the bill would create “significant delays and obstacles” for the existing vetting program.

“Given the lives at stake and the critical importance to our partners in the Middle East and Europe of American leadership in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis … [Obama] would veto the bill,” the White House said.

But House Republicans touted the legislation as a common-sense answer to security concerns.

Further, while Republicans a day earlier called for a “pause” in Syrian refugee admissions, some on Wednesday indicated a willingness to accept refugees from Syria and Iraq who are fleeing the civil war and Islamic State militants — provided the screening process is improved, under the terms of the bill.

“America has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees into our country, and we lead the world in humanitarian assistance. However, we also must put proper measures in place to ensure our country’s safety,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: obama; refugee; screening; veto

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To: Enlightened1

Do it….double dog dare you. Do it and the deaths of any Americans are on your head, el presidente.

2 posted on 11/19/2015 12:30:47 PM PST by ealgeone

To: Enlightened1
Why … that would be “treason” beyond a shadow of a doubt. Do it. I double dog dare you. 3 posted on 11/19/2015 12:32:50 PM PST by so_real ( “The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”)

To: Enlightened1

This bill passed in the house today with overwhelming bipartisan support.


To: ealgeone

“Do it and the deaths of any Americans…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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