On Thursday, the House passed a bill to suspend the admittance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk. It passed 289-137, with 47 Democrats joining 242 Republicans in favor of the bill — just one vote short of a veto-proof majority. But despite obvious bipartisan support, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to filibuster the legislation:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared the House bill has no chance of reaching President Obama’s desk, confident he will be able to hold his ranks when the bill comes to the floor.
“The problem is not with refugees,” Reid said. “I don’t think we’ll be dealing with it over here.”
When asked about the prospect of Obama vetoing the legislation, Reid said, “Don’t worry, it won’t get passed. Next question?”
A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) declined to comment on Reid’s statement.
Democratic leadership aides say they’ll be able to sustain a filibuster and expect no more than a few defections.
Senate Democrats want to shift the debate to the roughly 20 million people each year who enter the country through the visa waiver program. However, Sen. Rand Paul has fast-tracked a bill that would crack down on visas from countries with “significant jihadist movements”:
“The time has come to stop terrorists from walking in our front door. The Boston Marathon bombers were refugees, and numerous refugees from Iraq, including some living in my hometown, have attempted to commit terrorist attacks,” [Paul] said. “My bill will press pause on new refugee entrants from high-risk countries until stringent new screening procedures are in place.”
No doubt Reid will try to thwart that one, as well, no matter how many Democrats support it.
What progressives seem to misunderstand is that Republicans don’t want to wholesale turn away “widows and orphans.” Instead, they want to properly vet the refugees to ensure that they don’t pose a threat to our homeland, which seems like a pretty common sense move to most people.
But let’s face it — most progressives don’t exhibit any common sense, which is precisely why they aren’t fit to run this country.