Refugees from Libya, Somalia and Yemen would be prevented from coming to the U.S. under legislation touted by Cruz.
“Speaker Ryan and this un-American bill’s supporters falsely claim it will simply pause U.S. resettlement of refugees…this is not leadership,” said Karin Johanson, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.
Senate Democrats focused on a loophole that could allow terrorists to legally purchase firearms in the United States.
“These refugee laws are important…it’s just common sense that we pause, reevaluate and make sure we have the proper standards in place to make sure that something that happened in Paris doesn’t happen here,” Ryan said.
Pelosi argued the GOP-backed bill sends the “wrong message” to the world, adding that she doubts it will pass the Senate.
The House has passed the Syrian refugee bill 242-183 Thursday, despite a threatened veto by President Obama.
“The emergence of the Islamic State has its roots in a larger problem with the failure of governments in the region,” Crocker said.
The legislation will “only to create significant delays and obstacles in the fulfillment of a vital program that satisfies both humanitarian and national security objectives,” the WH said.
“It’s that simple and I don’t think it’s asking too much,” Ryan said.
“While ISIS is recruiting additional fighters every day, Republicans in the Senate are twiddling their thumbs,” Chuck Schumer said.