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H.R. 4038 (114th): American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015

About the bill

A bill that would expand background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States has moved quickly through congressional procedures. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act, received a House vote on November 19, just two days after it was introduced. The vote succeeded 289-137 with almost all Republicans and 47 Democrats voting in favor. The Senate voted down the bill in a cloture vote. The President had said he would veto the bill if it also passed the Senate.

The Senate vote

Democrats successfully stymied the bill by attempting to force votes on a handful contentious amendments, including one denouncing Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Reid said that the Democrats would only agree to ...

Sponsor and status

Michael McCaul

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015
Length: 6 pages
Nov 17, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on January 20, 2016.


103 Cosponsors (102 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: American SAFE Act of 2015 (Nov 18, 2015)

What legislators are saying

Lance Blasts Senate for Failure to Pass Refugee Reform
    — Rep. Leonard Lance [R-NJ7, 2009-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 20, 2016

Bucshon: Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Americans Safe
    — Rep. Larry Bucshon [R-IN8] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 20, 2016

Cardin: Embracing Politics of Fear is No Way to Increase National Security
    — Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] on Jan 21, 2016

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Nov 17, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Nov 19, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Jan 20, 2016
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

H.R. 4038 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4038. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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