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Strengthening The European Union February 4, 2016
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"First, the refugee and migrant crisis today consumes policymakers in Brussels and across Europe. Tensions have grown among member states on the right approach to accepting them, as more than 1 million entered Germany alone in 2015, with the prospect of more in 2016. The heated debate within the Union on how to deal with the crisis has called into question the ability of Brussels to enforce commitments by its member states on borders, Schengen visa-free travel, and quotas associated with resettlement."
American Safe Act January 20, 2016
John Thune, R-SD
"I plan to file an amendment to this bill that would also give more authority to individual States when it comes to the resettlement of refugees. Last year, many Governors expressed a desire, shared by their constituents, that Syrian refugees not be resettled in their States. My amendment would grant Governors a presence at weekly refugee resettlement meetings within the State Department and give those Governors veto power over the resettlement of certain refugees in their States. Under my amendment, if a Governor’s office is not satisfied that its security concerns have been addressed by the required security checks, the Governor can veto the resettlement question. Any refugee, once admitted to the United States, would still be free to travel from State to State as he or she pleased. This amendment would simply increase States’ rights by giving Governors a say in any decisions by the Federal Government to resettle large populations of refugees in their States. This is a reasonable solution to the concerns that were raised by the Governors of over 30 States, and I hope we can have a vote on this amendment."
American Safe Act January 20, 2016
Gary Peters, D-MI
"That is why I am so concerned about the legislation we will be debating later today, which would impose significant barriers on our efforts to assist refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq and Syria. I am a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Last November we held a hearing on refugee resettlement. We heard about the strict security checks involved in the Refugee Admissions Program, which could take 18 to 24 months."
Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Corps Of Engineers And The Environmental Protection Agency—Veto— Continued January 20, 2016
Thomas Carper, D-DE
"I realize that many Americans and many of our colleagues are concerned about terrorists traveling to our borders as refugees from Syria or maybe some other country. As many of my colleagues may recall, late last year we debated the question regarding the resettlement of 4 million Syrian refugees and whether we in this country should open our doors to even a small fraction of them. We debated it right here on the Senate floor, as some of you recall, and we debated it in our committees, including the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where I serve as the senior Democrat."
Dangers Of President Obama’S Reckless Refugee Resettlement Agenda January 12, 2016
Marsha Blackburn, R-TN
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to shed more light on President Obama’s reckless refugee resettlement agenda and the danger that it poses to Americans."

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