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  • Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015

    by Representative Steve Scalise

    Posted on 2015-12-08

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    SCALISE. I thank my colleague from Virginia for yielding.

    Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this important legislation by the gentlewoman from Michigan (Mrs. Miller).

    To defeat ISIS, it is going to take strong leadership, and it is going to take a strong strategy. I think it is clear that the President's approach isn't working. In fact, our intelligence officials tell us that ISIS is not only not being contained, but now we are seeing that they are coming to America, that they are attacking America, and that has been their stated goal. It is incumbent upon us to do everything we can. Frankly, the American people deserve to know that their government is doing everything in its power to protect them from the threat of terrorists. These are very real threats.

    In the House, we have been taking decisive action. We have already passed a bill to address the problems of the lack of vetting in the refugee program, a program that ISIS, itself, has said it plans to exploit in order to bring terrorists into America. The FBI Director has even confirmed those concerns that we have expressed, and we have passed legislation to address that.

    Today, Mr. Speaker, we are bringing forth strong, bipartisan legislation to reform the troubled Visa Waiver Program. We have seen that thousands of people with Western passports, including from the Visa Waiver Program nations, have been going to some of the troubled regions, like Syria, like Iraq, like other countries. There ought to be a higher level of scrutiny. This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to work with those nations in order to have a higher level of scrutiny so as to ultimately lead to a more secure United States of America.

    I encourage all of my colleagues to pass this legislation. Let's continue to do what we need to do in the House of Representatives to protect the American people from the real threat that ISIS poses.

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