Strong NH - House passes bill to block Syrian refugees and require more vetting

 

"The fact that today's vote garnered enough support to override a veto from President Obama proves how strongly the country feels about this national security issue. It is high time for his administration to finally start listening to the will of the American people."

MANCHESTER - The US House passed HR 4038 this afternoon, which is a bill that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the country unless they pass strict background checks - setting up a collision with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.

With nearly 50 Democrats voting for the bill and only a handful of Republicans voting against it, the legislation passed 289-137. While the White House has issued a veto threat, with 289 "yes" votes, Republicans won a veto-proof majority for the measure.

Congressman Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D, NH-02) both voted for HR 4038.  
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;

"While New Hampshire has a long and welcoming history, we are also astute to the incredibly dangerous times we live in. Both of the Granite State's two Members of Congress rightly voted to suspend current programs allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until specific national security agencies are able to certify that the individuals would not pose security risks.

"The fact that today's vote garnered enough support to override a veto from President Obama proves how strongly the country feels about this national security issue. It is high time for his administration to finally start listening to the will of the American people." 
 
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