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U.S. House passes bill to halt intake of Syrian refugees, moving it to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives moved to pass a bill on Thursday that would stop Syrian refugees from settling in the United States until a more stringent vetting process is established.

The legislation, which made its way through the house floor in response to last week’s terror attacks in Paris, passed with a 289-137 vote, in which 47 Democrats joined 242 Republicans.

President Obama has already threatened to veto the bill, saying it would create significant delays and obstacles for refugees without necessarily guaranteeing additional security. Before that, however, the bill will have to pass the U.S. Senate, where Democratic leaders vowed to block the bill.

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