US Lawmakers Set for Showdown Vote on Refugees

CAPITOL HILL— The U.S. House of Representatives is planning to vote Thursday on a bill sponsored by the Republican majority that would pause the Obama administration's program to resettle Iraqi and Syrian refugees to the United States. The president is threatening to veto it.

On Wednesday, new Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke on the House floor about last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“All of us were shaken by the events… but the world community will rally together and terror will not prevail,” he said.

Ryan said the attacks are a reminder that there is evil out there, and it cannot be ignored or contained; it must be defeated.  

He said the American people are uneasy after the attacks and need reassurance that the United States is doing all it can to vet asylum seekers from the violence in Iraq and Syria.

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