House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat

The House has rebuked President Barack Obama by ignoring his veto threat and approving a Republican bill erecting fresh barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. Thursday's

News 12 Staff

Nov 20, 2015, 8:27 AM

Updated 3,067 days ago

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House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat
The House has rebuked President Barack Obama by ignoring his veto threat and approving a Republican bill erecting fresh barriers for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.
Thursday's passage came on a 289-137 vote - exceeding the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto.
The roll call came after White House officials visited the Capitol and lobbied Democrats to oppose the legislation. Dozens of them ended up joining Republicans anyway and supporting the measure.
The curbs would in effect suspend the entry of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. for months or years.
Republicans said tighter restrictions are needed following last week's Paris terrorist attacks. Obama and other Democrats said the system was already safe and the U.S. shouldn't abandon its tradition of accepting refugees.
So how did New Jersey's lawmakers vote?
Democratic Reps. Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne Jr. and Albio Sires all voted against the bill.
Republican Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Tom MacArthur, Chris Smith, Leonard Lance, Scott Garret and Rodney Frelinghuysen voted for the bill.
Democratic Rep. Donald Norcross crossed party lines and also voted for the bill.
Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman was not present for the vote due to a personal matter. An aide tells News 12 New Jersey that she would have voted against the bill.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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