On Capitol Hill: Senate Democrats block Syrian refugee bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a Republican bill to curb the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States in order to prevent terrorists from slipping in.

In exchange for taking up the bill, Democrats wanted votes on amendments including one that would have forced GOP senators to go on-the-record on Donald Trump’s controversial plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

The 55 to 43 vote largely split down party lines and fell short of the 60 votes needed for the bill to advance.

The result means the refugee bill, which passed the House with broad bipartisan support in November, likely is dead for the year.

President Barack Obama had warned he would veto the bill if it made it to his desk.

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