House Republicans block Lofgren effort to rescind Trump’s Muslim travel and refugee ban

January 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following introduction of the SOLVE Act, a bill to defund and rescind President Donald Trump's Muslim ban executive order, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) asked for unanimous consent for the House of Representatives to consider her legislation.

Despite a bipartisan chorus of foreign policy experts having condemned Trump's Muslim and refugee ban as disastrous for our national security, and a lack of consultation with Congress and President Trump's own Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, House Republicans refused to bring Lofgren's bill to the floor for a vote.

"In July last year, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of America's values. Today, House Republicans had an opportunity to put those values to the test, but they failed," said Lofgren. "The demonization of Muslims and refugees is antithetical to American values of inclusion and tolerance."

Lofgren's call for unanimous consent for the House to consider her legislation today to defund and rescind the President's executive order was denied by the Speaker of the House-designee.

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