NSF & Congress
House Passes Legislation to Limit Syrian and Iraqi Refugees; Bills in Conference
November 19, 2015
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris, the House passed legislation to suspend the program that allows refugees from Iraq and Syria to come to the U.S. until national security agencies certify the refugees do not pose a security risk. The vote was 289 to 137. The bill has drawn a veto threat from the President. The outlook in the Senate is unclear, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid saying that Democrats will prevent the bill from reaching the Senate floor.
House and Senate conferees are working out the final details of a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act. S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, would authorize federal preK-12 educational programs.
House and Senate conferees on the surface transportation bill met for the first time this week to start negotiations on a final bill.
The House and Senate will be out next week and return to Washington on November 30.
See the Sept. 30, 2015, edition for NSF Appropriations and Authorization legislation actions.
See also: NSF's Major Legislation webpage
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