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Top Republican wants tighter restrictions on refugee funding
by Jordain Carney
Sen. Jeff Sessions is pushing for tighter restrictions on any funding to help resettle refugees into the United States in the wake of terror attacks in Paris late last week.
With the administration signaling that it will move forward on its pledge to accept more refugees into the United States, the Alabama Republican wants to require that Congress sign off on a resettlement plan from President Obama before any money can be spent to help bring the refugees into the country.
"Absent a change in the way in which Congress provides funds for refugee admissions, processing, and related matters, this ramp-up will occur despite both public and Congressional opposition," he wrote in a letter Monday to members of the Appropriations Committee, adding that "the barbaric attacks in Paris — an assault on civilization itself — add immense new urgency."
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