• Hudson’s bill to screen Syrian refugees passes House

    Laurinburg Exchange

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s bill to stall the migration of Syrian refugees to American soil cleared the House Thursday as President Barack Obama inked up his veto stamp.

    House members approved the American SAFE Act of 2015 on a 289-137 vote with 47 Democrats joining the Republican majority.

    The version that passed, H.R. 4038, is one House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas introduced Tuesday with Hudson listed as co-sponsor. It closely mirrors a bill by the same title, designated H.R. 3999, that Hudson introduced as primary sponsor the day before.

    Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina’s 1st District and Rep. Steven King of Iowa were the only two GOP members to oppose the bill, which seeks increased vetting of refugees in an effort to block Islamic State extremists.

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