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Congress Scrambles for Response to Refugees, Paris Attacks

Ryan speaks Tuesday before signing the defense policy bill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Top Republican leaders in Congress called for a "pause" in allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States, as lawmakers in both chambers scrambled for a response to the Paris terrorist attacks.

 

House Bill Drafted to Enhance Vetting of Refugees

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The House will vote Thursday to enhance oversight of the screening process for refugees from Syria and Iraq, but it will not consider legislation to "pause" the program sought by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.  

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters a post-Paris attacks task force has crafted a bill to create "a new certification process" for these refugees. It will be posted online later tonight and go before the Rules Committee Wednesday.  

Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

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Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House's active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.  

The Wisconsin Republican asked the Obama administration to provide lawmakers with classified briefings in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 shootings and bombings carried out by Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, he said Monday morning in an interview on Bill Bennett's radio program. Ryan said he also instructed the House committees of jurisdiction to make policy recommendations for how the U.S. might continue letting Syrian refugees into the country without risking a deadly attack.