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11/19/2015 08:43 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2017

Here's A List Of The Democrats Who Voted To Shut The Door On Syrian Refugees

The White House said barring refugees would "unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world."

Forty-seven House Democrats joined their Republican colleagues in voting for a measure that would likely halt Syrian and Iraqi refugees from resettling in the United States.

The bill, which passed 289-137, was intended as a response to fears that ISIS militants could sneak into the U.S. by posing as refugees in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Security experts say such a scenario is unlikely

The legislation would toughen the already rigorous refugee screening process by calling for intelligence officials, law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security to officially certify that any individual seeking refuge from a war-torn country isn’t dangerous.

“It would close the program down for two years, if not more,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who voted against the measure

The White House has threatened to veto the bill, saying it would introduce “unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world.” FBI Director James Comey expressed concern that the legislation would add serious hurdles to the visa waiver program, making it impossible for any refugees to enter the U.S. and affecting travelers from three dozen countries.

President Barack Obama remains adamant that he’ll fulfill his promise to within a year accept 10,000 of the more than 4 million Syrians who have fled years of civil war and terrorism. 

It’s not clear whether the legislation will reach Obama’s desk. Senate Democrats have vowed to block the bill. 

(Republican support for the bill was widely expected. You can see a full list of everyone who voted for the measure here.) 

Here are the 47 Democratic lawmakers who voted for the bill:

  1. Rep. Pete Aguilar (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3201
  2. Rep. Brad Ashford (Neb.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4155
  3. Rep. Ami Bera (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5716
  4. Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3631
  5. Rep. Julia Brownley (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5811
  6. Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5905
  7. Rep. John Carney (Del.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4165
  8. Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1492
  9. Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4311
  10. Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3341
  11. Rep. Joe Courtney (Conn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2076
  12. Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1640
  13. Rep. John Delaney (Md.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2721
  14. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4865
  15. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4906
  16. Rep. John Garamendi (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1880
  17. Rep. Gwen Graham (Fla.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5235
  18. Rep. Gene Green (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1688
  19. Rep. Janice Hahn (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-8220
  20. Rep. Jim Himes (Conn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5541
  21. Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3335
  22. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4146
  23. Rep. Bill Keating (Mass.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3111
  24. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5506
  25. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5206
  26. Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2735
  27. Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5701
  28. Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6576
  29. Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-8273
  30. Rep. Sean Maloney (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5441
  31. Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3026
  32. Rep. Rick Nolan (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6211
  33. Rep. Donald Norcross (N.J.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6501
  34. Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-0508
  35. Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2165
  36. Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2161
  37. Rep. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5516
  38. Rep. Raul Ruiz (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5330
  39. Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5261
  40. Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5711
  41. Rep. David Scott (Ga.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2939
  42. Rep. Terri Sewell (Ala.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2665
  43. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9888
  44. Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3615
  45. Rep. Marc Veasey (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9897
  46. Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9901
  47. Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2472

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the state Rep. Brad Ashford represents and linked to the wrong Twitter account for Rep. Patrick Murphy. 

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