14 February 2012

New Bill For Polish Visa Waiver

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!

Na razie...


wnygrl585 said...

you aren't missing anything by not watching Grammy's. The Grammy's the Oscars not like they use to me. Before it was about glamour and talent. I don't find that in either. And this years was all about a woman that decided to take her money from the talent she had and end it all with the long road of drugs she followed. How sad and what a fine example to show her daughter and her fans. This is what it has turned into. This year I thought I was watching a Halloween costume party. The talent manages to squeeze in but its mostly Rappers, drugs and guns. Maybe I'm getting old.

krembo99 said...

I , Like you, am trying to follow those acts / bills - but there is no real way to know the scheduled progress, or in other words - WHEN things will move (is there a deadline for each phase??)

Unknown said...

Wnygrl585, in that case, I'm getting old as well lol.

Krembo99, yes, from what I understand, there are deadlines to each phase. I found out more details about the VWP and will be writing a follow up article on it shortly. Will post link here with update.