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.
We will forward to you additional information as soon as it becomes
February 15, 2007
The Honorable George V. Voinovich
SH-524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3504
Via Fax: (202) 228-1382
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
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
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