A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill to block President Donald J. Trump’s controversial travel ban from taking effect in the coming weeks, as Democrats in both the House and the Senate try to rally support for a bill that would prevent people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States without a visa.
Democrats have until Feb. 16 to introduce the bill and the House of Representatives is expected to vote on it as soon as Tuesday.
The White House said Wednesday that the president will sign the legislation but has said that he does not support the measure because it would unfairly target Muslims.
He said he was concerned about the impact on the economy and would be signing it after reviewing the bill.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the bill does not apply to people who have already been approved for entry.
The administration is also concerned that people from countries where vetting is already underway would be ineligible for the new waiver, Sanders said.
The measure is not without opposition.
Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have been trying to craft a compromise, but it is not clear how the new bill will change the bill’s focus.
The measure would prevent anyone from entering “with intent to commit, encourage, or facilitate a terrorist attack or a significant breach of security,” according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Hill.
The bill has sparked fierce debate in both parties.
Some Republicans are opposed to the bill because it is based on a flawed premise.
Others argue that the current bill fails to address the concerns raised by several groups, including those in Congress and the travel ban’s opponents, who have argued that the administration has overstepped its authority.
“The administration’s stated justification for the travel bans is that the vetting process is too limited to determine who is coming into the country, and they’ve given us some pretty good reasons why they think that,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday.
“We’re not going to accept a law that is simply based on this flawed premise.”
Corker said the measure should be limited to people from certain countries who have a “significant and credible threat of terrorist attacks.”
Sen. John McCain (R, Ariz.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R and Maine) also have signed onto the bill, though McCain and Collins have said they will not support it.
The measure is also expected to receive support from Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.