Senate Democrats block Syria refugee bill

Syrian refugee Dania poses for a portrait at the Sacramento, California apartment complex she lives in.By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday narrowly blocked legislation that would slow the entry of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the United States in a contentious vote cloaked in presidential election-year politics. The vote was 55-43, with “yes” votes falling short of the 60 needed to advance the Republican-backed measure in the 100-member Senate. No Republicans voted against the bill, and only two Democrats backed it.

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