By Julian Pecquet - 06/17/13 05:11 PM EDT
The extension comes as the Obama administration is facing increased pressure to do more to help the Syrians affected by the civil war in their country, including by resettling some of them in the United States.
The conflict has seen some 1.5 million refugees leave Syria over the past two years, creating great strain on U.S. allies, such as Jordan and Turkey. A United Nations report last week said that the number of dead in Syria's civil war was nearing 100,000.
Last week, the administration announced that they would provide military assistance to rebel forces seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Many lawmakers, though, fear the actions are coming too late with Assad's forces racking up a number of battlefield wins.
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