The measure cleared the House by a vote of 289 to 137, despite a veto threat from President Obama. The bill makes it so that no Syrian or Iraqi refugees would be allowed into the country until getting reviewed by several top U.S. officials to make sure they do not pose a security risk. The measure comes after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.
In a released statement, Walz said that protecting the safety of the American people has always been a priority for him.
"Over the past several days, I have met with experts, studied the issue and solicited the opinions of southern Minnesotans. The message from southern Minnesota has been very clear: our care and compassion for those fleeing terror is absolute, but we have to find a way to ensure that we keep Americans safe from harm," Walz said in a statement.
The congressman added that he believes the bill provides needed safeguards.
"I believe doing so is critical to the success of any refugee program, and I will continue to fight to ensure we take every possible measure to protect our country," Walz said.
The bill still needs to pass the Senate before heading to the president's desk. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is quoted in the Washington Post saying he doesn't expect the bill to pass the Senate.
Two other Minnesota Democrats joined Walz in voting for the measure. They are 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson and 8th District Rep. Rick Nolan. All Minnesota Republicans voted for the bill.
Second District GOP Rep. John Kline was a co-sponsor of the bill.
"In the wake of ISIS attacks on three continents this month and reports that at least one of the terrorists in Paris posed as a refugee from Syria to gain entry into France, this legislation ensures our intelligence officials unanimously certify an individual does not represent a security threat before they enter America," Kline said in a statement. "The United States has a long tradition of welcoming refugees and providing assistance, but we also need to do everything we can to keep Americans safe.”