Vice Chair Crowley Statement on House Republicans’ Syrian Refugee Legislation

November 19, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) –Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on his vote against House Republicans’ H.R. 4038, legislation that could effectively end the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States: 

“The first and foremost duty of our government is to protect the people of the United States, and it is a responsibility that must be met with thoughtful, bipartisan policy-making. The measure considered today failed on both fronts, while also neglecting to truly strengthen our national security.

“I opposed this legislation because its sole outcome would be to substantially delay or even end the admission of women and children fleeing Syria and Iraq into the U.S. These are innocent people who have been brutalized by both their own government as well as Daesh. Protecting the American people from terrorism and providing protection to thoroughly vetted refugees are not mutually exclusive. The U.S. has long stood with those fleeing violence and persecution, and I believe we can – and must – stay true to our values while ensuring our national security.”


Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.