By Kevin Carty
November 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm ET
The House voted 289-137 to pass H.R. 4038, which would enhance the vetting process for refugees from Iraq and Syria. Forty-seven Democrats voted for the measure.
The bill, introduced by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Nov. 17, would prohibit refugees from Iraq or Syria into the United States until the FBI certifies that they received a background investigation and after the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence certify to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat.
The White House yesterday said that it “strongly opposes” the measure and that President Obama would veto the bill if it were to reach his desk.
Kevin Carty previously worked at Morning Consult as a reporter covering tech.