Published December 1, 2015 by Jeff Barnd (KTUL)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – The U.S. House made it clear the Syrian refugee program should be stopped until there are assurances Americans are safe.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 30, 2015
But does the Senate have the votes to block the President’s plan to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees by 2016?
President Obama insists the vetting process for Syrian refugees is sound.
We will provide refuge to at least 10,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria over the next year after they pass the highest security checks.
— President Obama (@POTUS) November 18, 2015
But Senator James Lankford (R- OK) says the White House is vague about what information the vetting actually can confirm.
“With the background checks coming out of Syria right now, they are checking to see are you on a terrorist watch-list.? Do we know any criminal background information about you? If there’s a “no”, then it’s not that we know that you’re ok; it’s that we don’t have you on the list,” said Sen. Lankford. “That’s a lack of ‘negative’ information.”
Lobbyists have been working overtime on both sides of the refugee issue. Meantime, on the campaign trail, GOP Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is blasting his Democratic rival Rep.Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) in a TV ad for voting against tighter restrictions on the Syrian refugees. In the ad, it says, “ISIS disguised as Syrian refugees attack Paris. Next target? The U.S.”
No date set for a senate vote on this issue. Some democrats are concerned. But won’t say how they will vote.
“I want to make it clear that we have to have the most stringent security screening,” says Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.
Some GOP senators favor attaching the refugee bill into the spending measure of 1.1 trillion dollars to avoid a government shutdown by December 11th.
“In all likelihood this will be attached to appropriations bills in the next 2-weeks rather than try to do it as a stand-alone bill based on the fight that will happen in the Senate currently on this issue,” says Sen. Lankford.Follow @FortySixNews