Byrne Introduces Bill to Defund Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today introduced legislation that would defund the Syrian refugee resettlement program and help keep the American people safe.
H.R. 4031, the Defund the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program Act of 2015, would eliminate all funding from going toward resettling refugees from Syria. Congressman Byrne believes defunding the program gives Congress the best opportunity to actually halt the Syrian refugee resettlement program.
Byrne said: “The reality remains that we cannot adequately screen individuals coming into the United States from Syria, so we must use every legislative tool at our disposal to stop the Syrian refugee resettlement program. I strongly believe our best chance for success is to use the ‘power of the purse’ to cut off funding to the program, and my bill would achieve that goal.
“The top priority of the federal government is to keep the American people safe, and we should never lose sight of that goal. Despite what President Obama may believe, our nation is in a state of war and that requires major precautions to be taken.”
For weeks, Congressman Byrne has spoken out about the clear national security threat posed by allowing a mass influx of Syrian refugees into the United States. Byrne sent a letter to the State Department on September 17 requesting additional information about the screening process Syrian refugees must undergo. He also attended a classified briefing to learn more about the screening process.
Based on what he learned in the briefing and after receiving a response from the State Department, Byrne sent a letter to President Obama on Monday demanding he halt the Syrian refugee resettlement program.
Byrne is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 3573, the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act. The bill would give Congress the power to block any refugee resettlement plan and would require Congress to approve any plan before refugees can arrive in the United States.