Date: February 23, 2007
At the end of this summary is a Call To Action
and a suggested text for your immediate use.
The U.S. Congress continues to discuss legislation that would
provide Poland and its people the benefit of visa free travel to the
United States. When the legislation is passed, your families and
friends, who are anxious to come to the US for a family visit or a
business trip for a period of at least 90 days, will be able to do
so without going through the complicated, time consuming and
expensive visa application procedure.
You may recall, that in the beginning of 2006, Senators Santorum
and Mikulski proposed Amendment S.4000 to the comprehensive Senate
legislation. Later, and in addition to this, Senator Voinovich
introduced complementary legislation. Regrettably, both actions
ended in failure.
Now, in the new 110th US Congress, the efforts to include Poland
in the Visa Waiver Program continue. 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). Both
pieces of legislation propose a pilot Visa Waiver program. Even
though the legislation is non-country specific, Poland is
consistently indicated as one of the first and most certain
Most recently, on February 15, the Senate legislation was adopted
by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
as a part of another security bill - 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 expected to be presented for general
debate on the Senate floor in the immediate future, in fact as soon
as during the next week (week of February 26th).
We are now asking all of you, both as
individuals and as leaders in the community, to give this your
utmost and most immediate attention.
Please Act Now and contact
both of your Senators to express your support for the Visa Waiver
Make also sure to forward this appeal to others.
The message to your senators is: "As your constituent I ask you
to support the passage of Visa Waiver provisions as a part of the
S.4 legislation. Please vote
of inclusion of the Visa Waiver Program provisions in the text of
Contact Information To Your Senators