Congressman Brad Ashford supports a move in the House to suspend the program to admit Syrian refugees into the United States.
Ashford takes to the House floor, calling for a stronger vetting process before more refugees are admitted.
“This legislation does not shut down the refugee asylum process. If it did, I wouldn’t support it,” Ashford tells colleagues during House debate. “We are simply asking the administration to reassure us that those coming to the United States do not pose a threat to the American people.”
The measure passes easily, 289-to-137. Ashford was among the 47 Democrats who joined 242 Republicans in supporting the measure which is opposed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat. Two Republicans voted against the bill.
The legislation comes in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 and wounded hundreds more. The investigation into the attacks has led officials to believe at least one of the terrorists entered Europe through Greece with a group of Syrian refugees.
The legislation would require the head of Homeland security and the FBI as well as the national intelligence director to certify to Congress that each Syrian or Iraqi refugee entering the country poses no security threat.
The Obama Administration says the bill would create significant delays without enhancing meaningful additional security.
AUDIO: Congressman Brad Ashford speaks from House floor. [:55]