VISA WAIVER PROGRAM TO BE DISCUSSED THIS WEEK.
From: The Polish American Congress, Washington, D.C.
YOUR ACTION URGENTLY NEEDED!
To: Officers and Members of the Polish American Congress,
Members and Friends of the Polish American Community
Date: July 18, 2007
The Washington Office of the
Polish American Congress just learned that members of the Conference
Committee that will consider the legislation “Improving America's Security
by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of
2007”, were selected.
The Senate version of the legislation includes a
provision allowing for inclusion of Poland in the Visa Program. It is
important that the House version of the legislation also includes this
One of the most critical issues that is going to be
debated is the inclusion of Poland, and several other Central and Eastern
European countries (members of NATO and EU) into the Visa Waiver Program.
Special attention is going to be given to the amendment
proposed by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) that establishes a 10% level of
refusal rates of visas to the USA in all of the candidate countries, as
one of the basic criteria for inclusion in the Program.
If the 10% refusal rate level is kept in the
legislation, unfortunately, POLAND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THE PROGRAM
as the estimated refusal rate in Poland currently is 20%.
It is crucial that the members and friends of the Polish
American Community make their voice heard NOW and push for the elimination
of the 10% refusal level.
If you live in any of the states listed below, please
contact the mentioned members of the U.S. Congress and: 1. Express your
support for inclusion of the Visa Waiver provision in the legislation 2.
Strongly urge the Senator/Representative to REMOVE SEN.FEINSTEIN’S
AMENDMENT and keep the original language of the provision as proposed by
Senator Voinovich (U.S. Senate) or by Representatives Emmanuel and Shimkus
in legislation H.R. 1543.
The Conference Committee is scheduled to start its first
session as soon as July 19, 2007, and it is anticipated that this will
move quickly. Time is of the essence!
Please ACT NOW,
and call your Senator and/or Representative (if listed below).
Also, make sure to forward this appeal to others.
All Officers of the Polish American Congress in states
of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts,
Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Texas and Wisconsin please pass this information on to ALL members
of your Division or organization.
Following are the selected members of the U.S. Congress
that will participate in the Conference (by state). Please note, it is
particularly important to have the voice of Polonia, its members, friends
and supporters, heard by the legislators whose names are marked with an
asterisk *. Click here for
information on how to reach members of the U.S. Congress
||*Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
||Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK)
||Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
||*Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT)
*Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)
||*Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
*Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-DE)
||Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
||Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
||Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
||Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
||*Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)
||Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-OH)
||*Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
House of Representatives
||Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Rep. Bud Cramer (D-AL) (Issues on Intelligence)
||Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
* Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) (Issues on Foreign Affairs)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) (Judiciary matters)
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) (Issues on Oversight and Government Reform)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) (Issues on Oversight and Government Reform)
||Rep. John Larson (D-CT) (Issues on Transportation
||Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
||Rep. Ginny Browne-Waite (R-FL)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) (Issues on Foreign Affairs)
Rep. John Mica (R-FL) (Issues on Transportation and Infrastructure)
||Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) (Issues on Science and
||Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN)
||Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)
||Rep. John Dingell (D-MI)
*Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) (Judiciary matters)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) (Issues on Intelligence)
||Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) (Issues on
Transportation and Infrastructure)
||*Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
||Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) (Armed Services matters)
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) (Issues on Oversight and Government Reform)
||Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) (Armed Services matters)
||Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) (Issues on Foreign Affairs)
||Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC)
||Rep. David Wu (D-OR) (Issues on Science and
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) (Issues on Transportation and
||Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)
||Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)
||Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) (Armed Services matters)
||Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) (Issues on Intelligence)
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TX) (Issues on Science and Technology)
||Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI)
||Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)
||Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)
||*Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) (Judiciary matters)