1. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill
2. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) John Kerry, Secretary of State:
"Long ago, we put in place the strongest vetting requirements of any country in the world. We've had 785,000 refugees come into this country since 2009, I think. Of that only 12 people were either arrested or deported at some point and time and none of them attacked anybody in this country. We do not have to lose our values in terms of our ability to vet people and to know exactly who they are where they're coming from."
3. Kerry speaking to reporters
4. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security:
"The average time on the point at which a refugee is referred to us by the UNHCR to resettlement if the refugee is resettled is 18 -24 months, that's how thorough it is. We're also talking about a class of people that are predominantly women and children who are the victims of the violence in Syria right now."
5. Reporters listening to Kerry
6. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security:
"This bill that has been sponsored by the Mr. (Michael) McCaul (R-Texas) and, I like Mr. McCaul a lot, is a bad bill because it seeks to micro-manage the process in a way that is counterproductive to national security, to our humanitarian obligations and to the overall ability to focus on homeland security. This is a counter-productive bill."
7. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) New York:
"I did support the measure but I wish we had seen the president and the speaker come together on to this. There's no reason to be fighting about this."
8. Maloney speaking in his office
9. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) New York:
"My question is why didn't the President just immediately issue a directive to these agency heads to do the certification required under this legislation at the conclusion of the existing extensive process that doesn't add one dollar to the process, it doesn't add one day to the process. It just simply puts our money where our mouth is."
More than 40 Democrats joined Republicans to vote in favor of a bill that erects high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the U.S.
Their support comes despite the Obama administration's criticism of the bill.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
both spoke out against the vote.
Johnson saying that it's counter-productive and "seeks to micro-manage" the vetting process of incoming refugees.
The vote was 289-137, enough to override a threatened White House veto of the legislation, which was hurriedly drafted under new House Speaker Paul Ryan in response to the carnage in the streets of Paris last week.
Forty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, despite President Barack Obama's biting criticism of its proposed limits.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) New York, who voted in favor of the GOP-sponsored bill, said that he thought the certification it called for would have been an easy addition to the current vetting process.
The bill would require new FBI background checks and individual sign-offs from three high-ranking U.S. officials before any refugee could come to the U.S. from Iraq or Syria, where the Islamic State group that has claimed credit for the attacks has flourished.