Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) told radio show host Bill Bennett that defunding the refugee program is on the table due to the threat of possible terror attacks in the United States.
“Particularly with the story about one of the terrorist attackers who came through Greece from Syria.
“Look, we’ve always been a generous nation taking in refugees but this is a unique situation—this is a situation where you’ve got single men coming over, which is not women and children.
"So what we are doing is I have asked all of the committees of jurisdiction in the House to come up with recommendations for how do we immediately address this particular situation? So, we’re looking at all of our options about how do we make sure something like this doesn’t happen coming here to us with refugees.
“So, we have a funding at the end of the year bill—we’re looking at all of these options.
"What matters to me is we don’t—not only do we prevent people from coming in, but we don’t bring them in. So we’ve got to make sure that we are protecting ourselves and so that is what we are looking at: What is the best option not to just have an issue to talk about but to actually have a result which is making sure we are not complicit or even facilitating having someone come in who would seek to do us harm from Syria?
“So we’re trying to figure out what is the best legislative option here to prevent something like this from happening,” Ryan said.