Like the similarly named H.R. 3999 of 11/16/15, this bill was introduced in the wake of the ISIS-affiliated attacks in Paris on 11/13/15 to curtail or block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. Specifically, it would require the DHS and FBI to: conduct background checks on each Syrian or Iraqi refugee applying for admission to the U.S., and only allow admission if the DHS, FBI, and director of national intelligence could certify that each individual had ‘received a background investigation that is sufficient to determine whether the covered alien is a threat to the security of the U.S.’; report to Congress every month on how many certifications had been made and how many refugees had been rejected; and conduct annual reviews on all certifications.
On 11/18/15, Pres. Obama said he would veto this bill.
103 cosponsors (102R, 1D).
Last major action: 1/20/16 Cloture motion not invoked by yea/nay vote, 55–43 (11/19/15 passed in House by yea/nay vote, 289–137).