U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hopes the debate over Syrian refugee screening doesn’t hold up passage of a year-long spending bill.
While both Republican and Democratic leaders had agreed on funding levels for next two years, a new obstacle has emerged—Syrian refugees.
A rider could be attached to the bill seeking to block any funding from being used on resettling Syrian refugees, possibly leading to a government shutdown. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin thinks security concerns should be handled separately.
“I don’t think it’s going to come to that. I hope it doesn’t,” Durbin said. “There are ways to make America safer. 70,000 refugees a year come into this nation of over 300 million. 250,000 foreign visitors a day come into this nation—that’s our vulnerability, and what we’re proposing is let’s make that better. Let’s make sure we are safer.”
Congress has until December 11th to pass the omnibus appropriations bill.