Individual votes at end of post from Gov Track:
A bill that would require background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States has moved quickly through congressional procedures. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act, received a House vote on November 19, just two days after it was introduced. The vote succeeded 289-137 with almost all Republicans and 47 Democrats voting in favor. The President has said he would veto the bill if it also passes the Senate.
Millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have been forced out of their homes as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and militarization by the Islamic State (ISIS). Many of these refugees hope to find sanctuary in the United States and European countries. H.R. 4038 would expand the screening process for those refugees attempting to enter the United States by requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct their own background checks in addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS). Any refugee would be prohibited from entry until the FBI certifies that they pose no security threat. Refugees would only be admitted with the unanimous agreement of the FBI, DHS, and Director of National Intelligence.
The bill was introduced by House Republicans after a report that an individual who may have participated in the Nov. 13 attack on Paris had a Syrian passport and matched fingerprints with someone who entered through Greece in October. “Top Administration counterterrorism and security officials have repeatedly told Congress that the current refugee vetting process is insufficient to ensure terrorists are not admitted as refugees,” House Republicans wrote in a summary of the bill. Republicans proposed H.R. 4038 on the belief that the bill will prevent possible attacks from occurring within the United States.
But Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD5) said the current vetting process is just fine. “The bill rests on a faulty assumption that the European refugee screening process is similar to the United States screening process. This is entirely inaccurate,” he wrote in today’s Daily Whip. The United States vets refugees for one-and-a-half to two years prior to allowing refugees to enter the country. Rather than improve security, Hoyer said that H.R. 4038 would prevent refugees from entering the country by making the vetting process overly inefficient. He described the bill as a “knee-jerk reaction” to a situation in Europe dissimilar to our own. Even with Democratic leadership against the bill, one-fourth of Democrats still voted to pass it in the House vote.
- On Passage of the Bill in the House
|Aye||D||Garamendi, John||CA 3rd|
|Aye||D||Brownley, Julia||CA 26th|
|Aye||D||Aguilar, Pete||CA 31st|
|Aye||D||Hahn, Janice||CA 44th|
|Aye||D||Polis, Jared||CO 2nd|
|No||R||King, Steve||IA 4th|
|Aye||D||Lynch, Stephen||MA 8th|
|Aye||D||Keating, William||MA 9th|
|Aye||D||Ashford, Brad||NE 2nd|
|Aye||D||Norcross, Donald||NJ 1st|
|Aye||D||Israel, Steve||NY 3rd|
|Aye||D||Rice, Kathleen||NY 4th|
|Aye||D||Slaughter, Louise||NY 25th|
|No||R||Jones, Walter||NC 3rd|
|Aye||D||Kaptur, Marcy||OH 9th|
|Aye||D||Langevin, Jim||RI 2nd|
|Aye||D||Vela, Filemon||TX 34th|
|Aye||D||Doggett, Lloyd||TX 35th|
|Aye||D||Connolly, Gerald||VA 11th|
Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.
Complete breakdown of individual votes here at Gov Track
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