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Quigley Applauds President Obama’s Progress on Visa Waiver Program

Sep 19, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) applauded the Obama Administration for the progress it has made to expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), highlighted in a report released by the White House.

“The increased efforts by President Obama to expand the Visa Waiver Program will strengthen our national security, provide valuable tourism revenue and demonstrate to important allies like Poland that we very much respect and appreciate their friendship,” said Rep. Quigley.  “This progress is extremely encouraging, and we must continue to work together to open the doors for major diplomatic partners once and for all.  To that end, I greatly appreciate that the President reiterated support for my legislation, which would permanently reform and modernize the outdated VWP system.” 


PHOTO: Rep. Quigley (second from the left) discuss the Visa Waiver Program with President Komorowski (fifth from the left) at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

Rep. Quigley is an author of the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, which has been formally endorsed by President Obama. The White House progress report was the second public declaration that the Administration actively supports this “bipartisan legislation that would give DHS broader authority to expand the VWP while enhancing the program’s already strong security standards.”   

This bill is the result of bicameral, bipartisan cooperation with U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Joe Heck (R-AZ) in the House and Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Rep. Quigley has been a staunch advocate for expanding the Visa Waiver Program and testified before Congress in 2011 on the benefits of including Poland and other diplomatic partners.  In January 2012, Congressman Quigley traveled to Poland to discuss ways to further enhance the U.S.-Polish partnership.  Quigley’s 5th Congressional District in Illinois is home to one of the highest concentrations of Polish Americans in the United States and outside of Poland.