Visa Waiver Update

Today, February 15, 2007, Mr. Frank J. Spula, the President of the Polish American Congress congratulated Senator George Voinovich on successfully moving an important piece of security legislation allowing inclusion of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program.

On January 18, Congressman Phil English (R-PA) introduced bill H.R. 651: "Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act". A few days later, on January 22, a corresponding legislation, S. 342, carrying the same title, was introduced in the Senate by Senator George Voinovich (D-OH). Today, on February 15, this Senate legislation was adopted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee as an amendment to S. 4 (bill: "Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007" sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid D-NV). Legislation S. 4 is currently awaiting to be scheduled for discussion on the Senate floor.

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February 15, 2007

The Honorable George V. Voinovich
SH-524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3504

Via Fax: (202) 228-1382

Senator Voinovich:

Congratulations! Thursday’s adoption of the Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act of 2007 by the Homeland Security Committee in the Senate, as an amendment to S. 4, is a huge step forward for the Polish American community’s vision for passage of a visa waiver provision.

Your amendment authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, to expand the Visa Waiver Program to Poland and other countries that are key allies in antiterrorism. This amendment will improve US national security and help solidify relations with Poland and other countries while promoting economic interests.

On behalf of the Polish American Congress we will help to promote passage of this important piece of legislation as it winds its way through the Senate and the House.


Frank J. Spula
Polish American Congress

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