House Dems deliver major political blow to Obama’s Syrian refugee plan

House Dems deliver major political blow to Obama’s Syrian refugee plan
Migrants throw rocks at police as a riot breaks out on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Image: EPA via Daily Mail)

[Ed. – It’s always important to couch this kind of thing in careful terms.  We can’t assume that Obama will simply accept being stymied by Congress in the pursuit of his agenda.  Who knows, he may use the defense budget — or even defense assets — to import “Syrian refugees,” if Congress really goes ahead and denies funding.]

Turning on President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders, a significant chunk of the House Democratic caucus sided with Republicans in an effort to effectively stifle the flow of Syrian refugees into the US.

On Thursday, 47 House Democrats voted in favor of a bill authored by Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas). The bill passed, 289-137, giving it just enough to overcome a threatened veto from President Barack Obama.

The legislation bars Iraqi and Syrian refugees from being admitted to the US until the FBI director and the Director of National Intelligence certify to Congress that each refugee does not pose a national-security threat. …

The Obama administration lobbied Democrats hard on Thursday, to no avail. In a closed-door meeting, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson tried to convince skeptical Democrats.

But a Democratic source familiar with the meeting told Business Insider that many Democrats came away from the presentation more in favor of the GOP-led bill.

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