How lawmakers intend to strip refugee funding from omnibus


A group of Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on the House floor Thursday that would cut off federal funding for refugee resettlement programs until the Obama administration meets its terms.

Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Lamar Smith of Texas and Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania said the bill is a response to President Obama's unilateral plan to admit thousands of Syria refugees into the U.S. despite recent domestic terrorist attacks and disagreement from many in Congress.

"[Funding refugee programs] endangers our national security and costs hardworking taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, which is why an omnibus funding bill should not include a blank check for refugee resettlement," Blackburn said in a joint statement.