Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles were among the 47 House Democrats who joined Republicans Thursday in support of a bill that would make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the United States.
The White House — which has vowed to veto the bill — already insists it has a thorough and rigorous screening process for the 10,000 refugees it plans to admit to the country. This bill would add additional screenings to would-be refugees.
The bill, which passed 289-137, was pushed through the House less than a week after Islamic fundamentalist terrorists killed more than 100 people in Paris. One of the seven attackers was believed to have entered Greece posing as a Syrian refugee.
In a statement after the vote, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said the bill strikes a balance between protecting American citizens and lending a hand to those fleeing war.
“America has a long and proud history of sheltering those in need,” Turner wrote. “However, we have a responsibility to balance those humanitarian beliefs with the safety and security of all Americans.”
The bill now goes to the Senate, which won’t likely take it up until after the Thanksgiving recess.