President Barack Obama in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 19.Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation on Thursday to boost security screenings for Syrian refugees and suspend President Barack Obama's program to admit 10,000 of them in the next year, defying a White House veto threat.


The vote was 289 to 137 for the measure. The vote was largely along party lines, although dozens of Obama's fellow Democrats broke with the White House to vote for the bill.