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GOP May Use Spending Bill Against Obama's Refugee Plan

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By    |   Friday, 27 Nov 2015 09:53 PM

Republicans are reportedly looking to use the "maximum leverage" of a government spending bill to stall President Barack Obama's plan to resettle Syrian refugees.

With current funding due to run out Dec. 11, a government shutdown is hanging in the balance, The Hill reports.

"I think that we have to exert maximum leverage," Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, tells The Hill. "If we don’t, I think it is national security malpractice."

The House has already passed legislation to stop any refugees from Syria or Iraq from entering the nation unless the government can certify they do not pose national security threats.

But the president is threatening a veto and Senate Democrats could filibuster next week, The Hill reports.

"If the president stops this bill, then we’ll have to deal with getting his attention on funding," Kansas GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp tells The Hill about the funding billl. "It’s the only must-pass legislation left."

According to The Hill, a third of the 246-member House GOP conference is calling for a policy rider to prevent federal funds from going toward refugee settlement unless the government can ensure it won't become a "Trojan horse."

"We cannot allow the refugee program to serve as a Trojan Horse threat to American national security," 74 House Republicans said in a letter spearheaded by Texas GOP Rep. Brian Babin.

The letter was sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, The Hill reports.

Meanwhile, some Senate Republicans want the funding bill to block refugee resettlement until Congress votes affirmatively to authorize permitting new refugees.

"As Chairmen of Subcommittees on both the Appropriations and Judiciary Committees, we believe it is essential that any government funding bill cancel the president’s blank check for refugee resettlement," Alabama's GOP Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions said in a statement, The Hill reports.

Adds North Carolina GOP Rep. Walter Jones: “Defunding President Obama’s refugee program is the only way to ensure that America can actually stop a refugee influx until we can determine without question that we are not giving terrorists a free pass into the United States."

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