Dec 16 2015

Shelby: Omnibus Gives President Obama “Blank Check” for Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement ahead of the Senate’s vote on the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill later this week:

“While I support the inclusion of several conservative priorities and key provisions critical to Alabama in this year’s omnibus bill, I oppose the overall bill because it gives a blank check to President Obama to continue his dangerous Syrian refugee resettlement plan.  During this increasingly uncertain time in our nation, we simply cannot allow the President – who is more focused on gun control and climate change than national security – to unilaterally determine who can enter our country. 

“This omnibus bill puts the United States on a path towards admitting an unknown number of potentially dangerous migrants who we cannot appropriately vet.  President Obama’s lack of strategy on how to combat ISIS coupled with his failure to secure our borders underscores the critical need for Congress to stop him in his tracks.  Unfortunately, this bill fails to properly halt the President’s reckless proposals and prioritize the safety of the American people.”