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White House Briefings on Paris Set for House, Senate

Cornyn speaks with reporters on Nov. 10. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 8:32 p.m. | Members of Congress will get briefings from the Obama administration on the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, with sessions set Tuesday in the House and Wednesday in the Senate.  

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Comey will update House lawmakers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Capitol Visitors Center, at the request of Speaker Paul D. Ryan. Obama administration officials will then brief the entire Senate Wednesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters.  

Asked about how the Syrian refugee crisis could affect an omnibus spending package, Cornyn noted the Senate could take up the defense appropriations bill.  

"Sen. McConnell could move to reconsider that," Cornyn said Monday. "And I think especially in light of what's going on and what's been going on, that would be perhaps appropriate."  

Cornyn added that it could come up as early as this week.  

"After this attack I think it would take pretty much unmitigated gall to block a defense appropriations," he said. "And that's something the leader could do since he changed his vote. He could move to reconsider it without having to go through a lengthy process."  

Emma Dumain contributed to this report.

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