It looks as though S.497 and H.R. 959 "Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2011" is "dead in the water", so to speak. These bills were meant to be the 2011 bid for Poland to finally be a part of the Visa Waiver Program.
I've had widgets tracking these two bills on my sidebar for nearly a year now.
A new bill has been introduced by U.S.Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) in partnership with U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) in the House and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).
The House bill is H.R.3855 - Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. Here are links to help you track it, support or oppose it and help spread the word:
Popvox Bill Tracker HR 3855
govtrack.us HR 3855
OpenCongress.org HR 3855
The Senate Bill is S.2046 - Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. Here are links to track, support and spread the word:
Popvox Bill Tracker S 2046
govtrack.us S 2046
OpenCongress.org S 2046
I thought I would also share some articles I found regarding these bills:
Appeal to Polonia from Polish American Congress
US Chamber Letter of Support
US Embassy in Warsaw
Several articles on Heritage.org
Some videos regarding the subject of Poland and the Visa Waiver Program:
And this video which the US Embassy in Warsaw shared with me on Twitter (@USEmbassyWarsaw). It's in Polish but it might give non-Polish speakers an idea of the process and certainly will for Polish speakers.
I will be replacing the Bill tracker widgets today on my sidebar to track these two new bills. I hope you do the same.
And don't forget, read the bills and let your Representative and Senator know where you stand!