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Missouri lawmakers seek answers on funding to help refugees

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Missouri lawmakers seek answers on funding to help refugees

( KTRS ) Missouri lawmakers are set to question officials in Governor Jay Nixon’s administration on how the state spends money to help refugees. The Legislature set the hearing for today, in response to deadly attacks in Paris and criticism of Nixon’s decision not to join other governors who are trying to block resettlement of […]

Missouri lawmakers seek answers on funding to help refugees

( KTRS ) Missouri lawmakers are set to question officials in Governor Jay Nixon’s administration on how the state spends money to help refugees.

The Legislature set the hearing for today, in response to deadly attacks in Paris and criticism of Nixon’s decision not to join other governors who are trying to block resettlement of Syrian refugees in their state.

Nixon’s decision sparked outcry among many Republican lawmakers, some GOP and Democratic legislators are supportive of welcoming refugees.

The federal government oversees refugee relocation, and individual states do not have the legal authority to block refugee placement.

But legislators have control over state funding for some refugee assistance programs in the state.

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