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GOP Funding Bill: $300M for Refugee Aid, But Not for Resettlement in US

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 09:32 AM

A short-term spending bill, introduced by House Republicans, sets aside $300 million to help migrants and refugees overseas, but prevents the money from being used to bring them to the U.S.

Republicans hope to pass the funding extension this week to keep the government funded through April 28 and avoid a partial shutdown, the Washington Examiner reports.

The bill calls for $300 million in additional funding "to respond to refugee and migration crises, including in Africa, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia," the website notes.

"Funds shall not be made available for the resettlement costs of refugees in the United States."

Sparked by fears the U.S. vetting process isn't strong enough to keep out terrorists, congressional Republicans have regularly tried to place limitations on allowing refugees into the U.S., according to the Examiner.

Politico reports that GOP leaders have also included a provision into the funding bill designed to streamline confirmation of retired Gen. James Mattis at President-elect Donald Trump's Defense secretary.

The provision would allow him to bypass a requirement that ex-military officials are out of service for seven years before becoming secretary of Defense. Politico notes Mattis left the military in 2013.

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A short-term spending bill, introduced by House Republicans, sets aside $300 million to help migrants and refugees overseas, but prevents the money from being used to bring them to the U.S.
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