Breitbart: Newly elected House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is setting the stage this week to cave to President Barack Obama’s efforts to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees across America, even in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.As we know, there are others fighting in the House, as well as Cruz's legislation in the Senate to halt Syrian refugee resettlement in America and Paul's call to stop all immigration, visitors and students from countries with jihadist movements. Of course, Obama has already threatened to veto such a bill. SO GIVE IT TO HIM! Let him do that before the majority of Americans who don't agree and let him own it.
On Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET, the House Rules Committee will meet to prepare a bill from House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) that doesn’t end up stopping Syrian refugee resettlement in America. Sources Congress-wide confirm to Breitbart News that McCaul’s bill leaves the entire refugee program unchanged and doesn’t affect funding for the program.
The bill number is H.R. 4038 and its title is the American SAFE Act of 2015. “SAFE” stands for “Security Against Foreign Enemies,” and McCaul has billed the legislation in the headline of a House Homeland Security Committee press release as an act that would “Protect Americans from ISIS.”
The bill requires the nation’s top security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence—to certify before admitting any Syrian or Iraqi refugee into the United States that the individual does not represent a security threat.
But despite McCaul’s and the committee’s tough-sounding rhetoric, the bill—several congressional aides and the actual text of the legislation confirm—simply requires one new step for Syrian and Iraqi refugee admittance and resettlement: That the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security approve any such refugees beforehand. Each of those people work for President Obama at the pleasure of the president.
This so-called extra approval process of requiring three top aides to the president to sign off on his planned refugees only applies to very recent departures from Iraq and Syria—those who have left in the last four and a half years—and it doesn’t even apply to those coming from other predominantly Muslim countries like Somalia.
At the Rules Hearing on Wednesday evening, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)—a member who’s also got his own legislation that would block such Syrian refugees from getting into America—plans to offer an amendment that would strengthen McCaul’s bill to more closely match McCaul’s rhetoric. Babin’s amendment would institute a six-month moratorium on the refugee program and make substantive changes to the program to help clear it up. It’s unclear if House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) plans to allow the amendment or block it, but without it McCaul’s bill wouldn’t change anything.
What’s more, according to D.C. insider trade publication E&E News, this is at least part of—potentially all of—Speaker Ryan’s efforts to cave on actually stopping the president’s plans to resettle refugees from Syria all across America.
Technically, the only way to actually stop refugee resettlement in the United States would be for the House of Representatives—and the U.S. Senate—to include language in the base appropriations bill that funds the government that would block taxpayer dollars from being used for this purpose by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Current government funding legislation runs out in early December, so that means if an effort to defund is included in the upcoming legislation—which will be considered after Thanksgiving—it could lead to brinksmanship with the president and even a government shutdown if Obama doesn’t agree to shutting down the refugee program.
But that fight will never happen if Republican leaders in Congress don’t step up to pick it. And it looks right now like they’re going to stand down to Obama’s refugee resettlement plans, meaning Ryan’s first act as Speaker of the House would be funding with taxpayer dollars President Obama’s efforts to place refugees from Syria—potentially connected with ISIS—in cities and towns across America.
All is not said and done yet, either, and each of these guys could turn this around and block the funding for this program in the December funding bill. Ryan had previously signaled he was open to such a fight. At this time there is no omnibus bill yet that has been introduced as it’s currently being negotiated.
Within this article, it states, at least for now, that from McConnell, McCain and Cochran to Sessions and Shelby, many top ranking senators have left the door open to defunding measures being attached to a forthcoming omnibus spending bill. That should be the direction of the young Speaker, to unite Republicans behind what's RIGHT to protect the citizenry and allow this post-American president to own what is WRONG. Instead, it's feeling like an ol' Boehner-style cave is coming...please prove us wrong, Speaker!