Today, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement in support of H.R. 4038, American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which passed the House with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority:
"The devastating terrorist attacks in Paris last week proved that Americans and our allies are facing a vicious and nontraditional enemy that recognizes no geographic or moral boundaries. As reports of ISIS's determination to spread terror in the U.S. and Europe continue to mount, it is imperative that we focus unwaveringly on America's national security. As Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), I stand with our 170-plus members who are committed to do all we can to protect and defend our homeland.
"Today, we took the first step by passing the American SAFE Act. This legislation puts a pause on accepting refugees until we can enact proper safeguards and background checks to fully verify their identity and intentions. Anything less would be irresponsible and puts American lives at risk.
"While the RSC and other House members are focused on securing our borders and providing for our defense, the president continues to refuse to admit that we are in the midst of a national security crisis. President Obama's failed foreign policies and unwillingness to exert American leadership have exacerbated this crisis. Meanwhile, 31 state governors, both Democrats and Republicans, have rejected participation in the Refugee Resettlement Program because of the inherent risks that unvetted refugees place on their communities.
"The crisis of individuals fleeing persecution and destruction, however, is a symptom of the root problem we face: ISIS's reign of terror in Syria and Iraq. The task is clear: we must join our allies around the world to not merely degrade or contain ISIS, but to eradicate it completely."