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Marco Rubio supports the House's fight to limit U.S. Syrian refugee intake

Republican presidential hopeful and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said on Fox News Sunday the House bill imposing stricter screening requirements on Syrian refugees hoping to enter the U.S. is an "appropriate response."

"Does common sense still apply? Of course, it does. A 5-year-old orphan, a 90-year-old widow, a well-known Chaldean priest, these are obviously commonsense applications that you can clearly vet them just by common sense," Rubio said, according to Politico. "But what about someone who doesn't fit that profile? There is no reliable database that we can rely on."

Senate Democrats have vowed to block the bill's passage. White House officials have maintained that the current screening process in place for refugees, which can take two years on average, is stringent enough.