Monday, December 07, 2015
Late last month the House of Representatives passed a GOP-authored bill to restrict the admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to America by requiring the addition of extra security procedures to the already extensive screening and vetting process. The bill, called the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or the American SAFE Act of 2015 would require the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Head of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence to sign off on every individual refugee from Iraq and Syria, affirming he or she is not a threat. The FBI Director would also need to confirm that a background investigation, separate from the Homeland Security screening, had been conducted on each refugee. The bill easily passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 289-137, which included 47 members of the Democratic Party who crossed the aisle in order to support their conservative colleges and are now facing increased criticism for their votes. One of those Democrats was Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney who represents New York’s 18th District and was the first openly gay person elected to Congress from New York State. He has stated that his support for the Republicans came as a result of his belief that “Americans have a right to know that the process we use to screen refugees will keep us safe” and that “the [Obama] Administration should agree to immediately certify refugees if they pass the current extensive screenings”. Rep. Maloney joins me today on the show to talk all about his vote on the American SAFE of 2015.
On December 11th Amazon will release the second season of its hit TV show Transparent which is all about the life and family of a man named Mort, played by Jeffrey Tambor who transitions into a woman, named Maura. The show has quickly won critics and audiences over, and its Trans protagonist has been called a major breakthrough in television. Joining me today to talk all about the show and how he prepares for playing the role of Maura is Jeffrey Tambor who has recently won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his work on the show. You can also follow Jeffrey on twitter.
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