Mike Lillis, The Hill:
White House officials have said the new certification requirements are so stringent that they’d effectively end the refugee program — an argument they amplified to the Democrats Thursday.
But some Democrats countered that President Obama frequently performs such certifications, according to the aide.
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) was one voice pushing back hard, telling Johnson and McDonough that the vote is a radioactive one for many Democrats following so quickly on the heels of the Paris attacks, the aide said.
Leaving the meeting, Johnson defended the current vetting process for the Syrian refugees, describing it as “extraordinarily thorough” and arguing that legislation to make it tougher is unnecessary.