WHOA: House Dems Break From Obama On Bill To Limit Refugees

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Speaker-elect of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) applaud on the floor of the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol October 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ryan was elected the 62nd speaker of the House with 236 votes and will attempt to steer that chaotic legislative body following the resignation of former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Miss CJ

This is SERIOUS, you guys. Even Nancy Pelosi isn’t pressuring House Democrats to fall in lock-step with her precious Barack.

According to this, Democrats from the House of Representatives met with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss how DHS was planning to screen Syrian refugees who are coming into the United States. This was in preparation for a vote over a bill introduced in the House that would limit the number of refugees the U.S. takes in and even possibly pause the refugee program for a time. To make a long story short, it didn’t go so well –

Earlier Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson faced strong resistance from House Democrats at a closed-door meeting. The goal was to explain how the refugee program worked, but their presentation did not “not going over well” and went “in the weeds,” according to a Democratic source in the room.


This source said the “message on this is too complicated.”


At the meeting with House Democrats, administration officials argued that a certification process included in the bill can’t be done. But several Democrats countered that the President does certifications all the time.


New York Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney told Johnson that the issue is “toxic” and the administration arguments are “insufficient.”


House Democratic leaders say they did not “whip” the bill or pressure members to back the administration.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told members before the meeting to essentially vote their conscience on the bill, saying, “Nobody is asking you to do anything but listen.”

When you’ve lost Nancy Pelosi… Holy crap, this thing is REALLY bad.

And it turns out that DHS’s crappy presentation was enough to get enough bipartisan support for the bill –

Next up, the bill goes to the Senate, where Senile Senator Harry Reid has promised that it will fail (never thought I’d see him go crazier than Pelosi, but there it is). But regardless, it got through the House. And that is something to be celebrated.

(h/t Twitchy)

  • G Bert

    ‘Looks like some Democrats were given permission to get off the merry-go-round so constituents can’t use the refugee argument against them in the next election and vote them out of office. Since there aren’t enough of these “defectors” to override a presidential veto, they can be given a temporary pass. I can assure you, Obama’s not worried about a veto.

    • okamitora

      You probably just hit the nail on the head.

    • Stickyfrog

      You mean in the Senate right? Because it looks like the House is veto proof if all stay the same.

      • G Bert

        Yeah, my error. Everyone at the White House is yawning over this non-kerfuffle. If Parks and Recreation was still on the TV they’d have to update their sign.

  • Heather Ranae

    Limits don’t matter when people are hopping the border and entering illegally. Let’s secure the border too!

  • heynorm48

    Maybe even Fancy Nancy is realizing Obama is an albatross around the Democrats’ necks.

  • Stickyfrog

    If Reid blocks it or Obama vetos it, Dems are on the hook for anything that goes wrong as a result of their high risk partisan game. Unfortunately they will come up with some reason that it is the Republicans fault and the MSM will run with it.

    • Laurie

      I would expect someone with some chops would seek a federal injunction to stop it.

    • lv1950

      They will blame it on George Bush.

    • MsDoodles

      It’s the Republicans’ fault because GLOBAL WARMING OMG

  • Aaron

    Who was expecting a step in the right direction by Democrats … certainly not me.

  • MoBetter2

    Who writes this tripe? Does “Chicks on the Right” farm these kinds of stories out to the least literate? The second sentence of the first paragraph is gibberish – “…. but their presentation did not “not going over well”…. means exactly what? What does “This source said “the message of this is too complicated”.. mean in English? Whose message is too complicated, and who finds it complicated?

    The issue of limiting the entrance of so-called “refugees” is a very important one for America, in fact, one might say it is crucial to the safety of the American people. The political processes attendant to this matter should be reported professionally and clearly.

    • Micah Paape

      About the gibberish section, it is an exact quote from the linked CNN page. Aren’t we lucky to have CNN to muddy the waters?

  • YouHateMe

    Never doubt the power of the ballot and those who fear losing their jobs because of that power. Dems know if they side with Oballah on TERROR they will get slammed in coming elections by the savant vox populi.. 53 per cent of the same overwhelmingly support curtailing refugees as it is.

    • Roy Nachand

      Where the heads of the other 47 percent? Where the sun don’t shine, no doubt.

  • Laurie

    Pause? Pause doesn’t feed the cat. If I heard the word, “stop,” then it might mean something. And, I still haven’t heard HOW these muslims will be vetted.

    • grayskullprime

      USA: “Are you an extremist?”
      Refugee: “…..no?”
      USA: “Welcome to America!”

  • Resa Forseth Wagner-Pittman

    Hopefully, Harry will have another accident that keeps him from taking the Senate floor.

    One can hope.

  • Craig Finke

    Wow a day when I can’t bash nancy, didn’t think that would ever happen

  • madian_kikyou

    I’d like to know though. If the senate was a REP majority how will it fail?

    • Barcs

      If it doesn’t get 2/3 then the president can veto it and act like it never happened.

    • Sholly

      60 votes are needed to bring it to the floor, and as Barcs pointed out, if Obama vetoes it, it would require 67 votes to override. Republicans currently have a 54-46 majority.

      • madian_kikyou

        hmm well maybe some dems will vote for it like they did in the House.

  • newwhiteorder

    Then the senators voting against it can have them live in their houses then if they love them so much!

  • The_Kat

    Hmmmm…Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid aren’t going for another election so I am hoping they will fall on the sword for the Democratic Party. One thing you have to say about Bill Clinton, he would have ended up signing it into law to appease the voters and govern by whichever way the polls go to avoid jeopardizing the Party. Let’s hope that Obama will wake up and smell the coffee to see that the Democratic Party is in deep blind woman’s dog doo and do the right thing while grumbling about those damn Republicans for forcing his hand. I’ve got my fingers crossed but I’m not holding my breath.

    • Sholly

      I hope you’re right, but I fear that his ego won’t let him do it. Clinton knew how to get ahead by getting along, while Obama must have it his way, regardless of the consequences.

  • seal5055

    Even the democrat party is seeing that obama is destroying there party.

    • BC

      they are afraid they will lose votes

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