Polis has taken the lead for Democrats who voted for tougher background checks of Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. but want to weasel out of their position. Now they want even more taxpayer dollars spent to resettle larger numbers of refugees in the U.S., Politico reports.
At least 84 Democrats total had signed the letter as of Friday evening, with more expected by Sunday night. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) who voted for the initial House bill, is helping spearhead the drive for signatures.
Democrats who supported the bill were worried about a political backlash if they appeared to look weak on national security, but have since faced liberal-led fury for appearing to abandon refugees.
Memo to liberal lawmakers: You’re weren’t elected to represent Syria, your job is to represent American interests.
Polis supported the tougher standards that passed the House after the terrorist attack on Paris, but he and half the Democrats who supported it appears to have changed their minds after the terrorist attack in California last week.
Meanwhile, the House bill that passed in the Paris aftermath faces a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, so lawmakers planned to reattach the language to the spending bill Congress will vote on this week.
So, we’ll have Polis to thank when the initiative for stricter screening standards to weed out terrorists crashes and burns.