WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Thursday to halt the admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. until they undergo the toughest vetting process ever developed for people fleeing a war-torn nation.
The legislation, passed by a vote of 289-137, was rushed through in response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
Nearly 50 Democrats voted for the bill, while a handful of Republicans voted against it.
The White House has issued a veto threat, saying that the bill would create significant delays and obstacles for refugees without providing meaningful additional security for Americans. The legislation still must be voted on by the Senate, where Democratic leaders say they will move to block the bill.