Republican leaders call hearing on Syrian refugees

2 years 7 months 4 hours ago Saturday, November 21 2015 Nov 21, 2015 Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:56:28 AM CST November 21, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State Republican legislative leaders have called a joint hearing that will review programs that could be used to provide assistance for refugee resettlement in Missouri.

The House Budget Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee will conduct the hearing on November 30th at 10 a.m.

House Speaker Todd Richardson says the hearing is necessary because Governor Jay Nixon hasn't come up with a plan or taken a stand on the Syrian refugee issue.

Earlier this week Nixon called on the federal government to ensure strong safeguards in screening refugees, but he did not say he would stop relocations as governors in several other states have pledged to do.

Some Republican leaders have called for a special session aimed at preventing the governor from allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the state.

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