The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday embarrassed Barack Obama by having overwhelmingly approved a bill to block a presidential refugee program.
The Obama program aims at admitting 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in 2016.
Drafted after the Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people, the bill was approved on a tally of 289-137 despite a White House veto threat.
Though the bill still has to sail through the Senate before being sent to Obama, the fact that 47 Democrats had joined House Republicans in approving the bill might augur something for its passage in the Senate.
For now at least, objection to receiving Syrian and Iraqi refugees has prevailed in the Congress in the wake of Paris attacks, while intelligence and law enforcement are busy locating potential terror attacks on U.S. soil.