One of the assailants reportedly entered Europe through Greece posing as a Syrian refugee, raising concerns that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), could similarly infiltrate the United States.
“First, they were worried about the press being too tough on them during debates. Now they're worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn't sound very tough to me,” Obama told reporters in the Philippines, an apparent shot at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) belief that not even young Syrian children should be allowed into the country.
Congressional Democratic leaders fear the bill would effectively end the refugee program by establishing barriers that are too strict. But the measure could gain traction among some Democrats who are facing public pressure to clamp down on the refugee program.
Democratic leaders in the House are not whipping the vote, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) told The Hill.
The bill is expected to pass the GOP-controlled House. But if enough Democratic opposition materializes, it could raise the chances that Democrats could filibuster the measure in the Senate and block it from reaching Obama's desk.
Obama teed off on GOP presidential candidates in biting terms on Wednesday for saying the Paris terror attacks should cause the U.S. to pause admission of refugees fleeing Syria.
“People understand the plight of those fleeing the Middle East. But they also want basic assurances for the safety of this country,” Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan's home state highlights challenge for GOP high-risk insurer pools Trump 'disappointed' in congressional GOP Bipartisan push grows for new war authorization MORE (R-Wis.) said in a floor speech Wednesday. “We can be compassionate and we can also be safe.”