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
Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 10th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015
Length: 6 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
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.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
103 Cosponsors (102 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
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
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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