House Speaker: Syrian Refugee Resolution is a 'Timeout'

Nov 18, 2015

Ohio House Republicans agreed to send a message to the president that they want to stop accepting refugees from Syria. But it seems that the top House leader doesn’t want to completely shut the door to people in need.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville said the federal government isn’t doing enough to thoroughly investigate each refugee coming into the country from Syria.

Rosenberger said spurring the feds to improve their screenings is important for everyone involved.

“This is an effort to protect those who are refugees that are truly coming into our country -- not to be used by terrorist organizations like ISIS," Rosenberger said.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville)
Credit Andy Chow

The House passed a resolution telling the president to stop letting displaced Syrians into the country, an idea Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich also supports. The speaker said this is a timeout so the feds can make a better system.

Andy Chow at the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau.