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House votes to keep Syrian refugees out of the country

(WWBT) -

The U.S. House has voted overwhelmingly to keep Syrian refugees out of the country, which has set up a showdown between Republicans and the President.

Congressman Dave Brat, a huge critic of the President, said, "I signed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, in order to ensure that our homeland is protected. The act will require more stringent security verification of Syrian refugees, and the signatures from three key agencies that refugees admitted to the U.S. do not pose a national security threat."

It meas the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Intelligence and the FBI would have to personally vouch that each refugee is not a threat, which is seen as Republicans making someone accountable.

However, this cannot pass in D.C. because the Senate doesn't have the votes, and the President will veto the bill.

Governor McAuliffe hasn't joined fellow governors asking to pause Syrian resettlements, but he has to deal with two Republican controlled chamber and public opinion, which strongly supports stopping resettlements. 

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