In what is being called a “stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama,” House Republicans and members of his own party ignored his veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation putting a pause on the Syrian and Iraqi refugee program.
Via ABC News:
Forty-seven Democrats joined all but two Republicans as the House passed the measure by a veto-proof 289-137 margin, a major setback to the lame duck president on an issue — what to do about the Islamic State and the refugees fleeing them — that shows no signs of settling down. The vote exceeded the two-thirds majority required to override a veto, and came despite a rushed, early morning visit to the Capitol by top administration officials in a futile attempt to limit Democratic defections for the measure.
Apparently, more than a few Dems share the GOP’s unhinged fears of “widows and orphans.”
Prior to the vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan pointed out the problems with the refugee program.
“We don’t have data on the other end to verify the veracity of the refugees’ claims,” Ryan told reporters.
“When we know that ISIL is already telling us that they’re trying to infiltrate the refugee population, when we have indications that some of the Paris bombers – one at least – may have come through the refugee routes, don’t you think that common sense dictates that we should take a pause and get this right?”
As for Obama’s veto threat, Ryan said, “It baffles me. I just for the life of me don’t understand why his veto threat came as it did – especially given the fact that his own law enforcement’s top officials came to congress and testified that there are gaps in this refugee program.”
The Speaker added, “this should not be a partisan issue.”
Paul Ryan needs to understand that Obama is a community organizer who is bent on the destruction of the nation so no positions that he takes is ever with the country’s best interests in mind.
He has leading the country for seven years by pitting Americans against Americans – usually a small, unpopular but politically correct and trendy minority against the mainstream. It’s a tactic that has worked out well for him and that Hillary Clinton seems to be adopting.