Dan Gilmore / January 21, 2016

Senate Turns Ugly After Refugee Bill Fails

Democrats would rather play election-year political games.

Democrats in the Senate would rather play election-year political games than seriously consider legislation dealing with the national security of the nation. After Democrats and Republicans could not reach an agreement on four amendments that the Left proposed, the bill that would reform the Syrian refugee program to increase the scrutiny into applicants’ lives died in the Senate Wednesday. Late last year, the House passed the bill on to the upper chamber in a veto-proof vote. It would have prevented any Syrian or Iraqi refugee from entering the United States unless the Obama administration could have proved that they were not a security threat. Each refugee’s case had to be okayed by the directors of National Intelligence, Homeland Security and FBI. Currently, the Obama administration is essentially relying on the United Nations to screen refugees, and already the U.S. discovered terrorism suspects among the applicants.

In the face of this situation, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid offered up an amendment that would, in his words, “denounce Donald Trump’s reprehensible proposal to impose a religious test on admission into the United States.” Instead of honestly debating the merits of the bill and how to best secure the nation’s security, Reid tried to drive leftist wedge between the Republican Party and its ultimate RINO frontrunner. Other amendments that the Democrats proposed would have prevented anyone on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm and earmarked more money to local law enforcement.

Ultimately, due to a filibuster, the whole bill failed. House Majority Leader McConnell said that he’d play the Democrats’ election-year game and hold votes on the policies held by the Democrat presidential candidates. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” the Washington Post reported him say.

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