Thursday, July 06, 2006

Poland and the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

In this week's Tygodnik Polski (The Polish Weekly), published in Hamtramck, MI,...

Congressman Lipinski Prevails in Defeating Amendment Prohibiting Inclusion of Poland in Visa Waiver Program

(Washington) Congressman Dan Lipinski, co-chair of both the Congressional Caucus on Poland and the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe, helped defeat Thursday, June 29, an amendment to the FY 07 Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations bill that would have prohibited the inclusion of additional countries in the visa waiver program, including Poland.

Recently, Congressman Lipinski joined Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anna Fotyga and the Polish Ambassador to the United States, Janusz Reiter to discuss the importance of relations between the United States and Poland, and the benefits of adding Poland to the list of 27 designated countries in the Visa Waiver program.

"Including Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program would not only benefit Polish citizens wanting to visit the United States, but would also make it easier for millions of Polish-American citizens to see their families and friends." Lipinski said.