House Votes to Halt Obama’s Syrian Refugee Program with Bipartisan VETO PROOF MAJORITY
** 47 Democrats rebuked far left President Barack Obama and joined Republicans in the vote.
–Here are the final vote results.
The final tally was 289-137 in favor of halting the program.
FOX News reported:
The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday aimed at improving screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, with dozens of Democrats joining majority Republicans in defiance of a White House veto threat.
The measure passed on a 289-137 vote, representing a veto-proof majority. It now goes to the Senate.
The vote followed a contentious floor debate where some Democrats accused supporters of turning their backs on refugees while Republicans said the changes are needed to protect Americans from the Islamic State threat.
But 47 Democrats — in a significant rebuke of the administration — defected to support the bill, ignoring White House appeals to oppose it.
Ahead of the vote, the White House had lobbied against the bill, sending Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to the Capitol in an attempt to keep Democratic lawmakers from peeling off.
It represented a tough vote for some Democrats, particularly those in swing districts where members could be vulnerable on the issue. Among them, Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., said Thursday that “people are understandably frightened” and the administration should “bring a better argument” on such a toxic issue.