Friday, November 20, 2015

House defies Obama, approves bill halting Syrian refugees

In a 289-137 vote, the House on Thursday easily approved legislation that requires new screening requirements on refugees from Syria and Iraq before they can enter the United States.
Forty-seven Democrats defied President Obama’s veto threat and backed the bill — enough to override a presidential veto given the six Democrats and two Republicans who missed the vote.

The 47 Democrats who voted for the bill ranged from centrist Blue Dogs, vulnerable lawmakers in tough reelection races and even one member who leads House Democrats' communications efforts. Reps. Walter Jones and Steve King voted against the bill..
--Tristen Qualls

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