A controversial refugee bill has been blocked in the Senate.

FOX's Jared Halpern reports from the Capitol:

Senate Democrats have killed a House-passed measure designed to add scrutiny to Syrian refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S.:

(Reid) "Women, children and families fleeing persecution are not the enemy."

Democratic Leader Harry Reid had suggested dropping a filibuster, so long as amendments were considered, notably, a vote on religious tests for refugees, a direct response to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants.

The White House has pointed to a two-year vetting process already in place for refugees.

At the Capitol, Jared Halpern, FOX News.