Congressman Russell says, “Liberty must not lose out to terror.”
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House voted on H.R. 4038 – The American SAFE Act that would require that Syrian and Iraqi refugees being admitted into the United States to be unanimously cleared by the directors of DHS, FBI, and the NSA. Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke about his vote on H.R. 4038:
“Today’s vote was an especially hard one for me to take. It is difficult not to help all in need, especially running from a humanitarian crisis like we see in Syria and Iraq. We must continue to find a way to save those who run from savagery and barbarity. This bill should only be used as a vehicle for discussion with both chambers so that we may protect our country, but more importantly, find a way to protect the liberties that make us who we are as a people. This bill will hopefully start that discussion. Let us continue to pray for all who have been harmed by ISIS.”
H.R. 4038 – The American SAFE Act passed by a vote of 289 to 137.