GOP lawmakers request freeze on refugees from Middle East, North Africa

Daily News Article - September 20, 2016


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What is the total number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives?
b) How many are Democrats? How many are Republicans?
c) What is currently the party divide in the Senate?
d) How many members of Congress signed the letter to the GOP leaders?

3. a) What specifically do they want to include in the spending bill?
b) When did the group send the letter to House leaders?

4. a) Define moratorium.
b) What conditions do the Congress members suggest should be met for the moratorium to be lifted?

5. a) What reason does the group give for requesting the moratorium?
b) Do you think these Congress members are making a reasonable request? Explain your answer.

6. What funding are they not opposing in regard to these refugees?

7. Democrats and the president would almost certainly oppose the freeze on the refugee program. If the majority of Republicans agrees with the 37 who wrote the letter, should they stand firm in their belief, or give in to the Democratic minority since President Obama would veto it anyway? Explain your answer.