A “common sense” bill that would allow governors to opt-out of refugee programs received additional support early last month when Congressman Randy Weber signed on as a co-sponsor in the House bill.
The State Refugee Act of 2015 was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as he stumps on the presidential campaign trail. His bill was read twice and sent to the Judiciary Committee on Dec. 8. The House companion bill was authored by Congressman Ted Poe and referred to the House judiciary committee the next day.
Weber signed on as a co-sponsor that day with 36 Republican congressional representatives, including most of the Texas delegation. He said at the time he was driven by the announcement that more than half of the nation’s governors have expressed a desire to halt Syrian refugee replacement in their states.
“The federal government has ignored these requests and started the resettlement of 21 refugees in Indiana and Texas,” he said.