Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015by Representative Steny H. Hoyer
Posted on 2015-12-08
HOYER. I thank the gentlewoman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this legislation.
I want to thank Ranking Member Bennie Thompson, Ms. Lofgren, who worked very hard on this, and Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee and on the immigration policy and enforcement Judiciary subcommittee for their hard work to ensure that this bill will protect Americans from the threat of terror while we remain true to our highest principles and ideals.
House Democrats and House Republicans have no greater priority than keeping Americans safe. That is neither a partisan issue nor is it a partisan difference.
Many Americans are frustrated with the pace of progress against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. I want to see the administration and Congress working together to protect our Nation. The reforms in this bill are an excellent start. What we have before us today, Mr. Speaker, is an example of what we can achieve when both sides work together to craft responsible reforms in a spirit of unity and common purpose, which is: in the face of the threats we challenge, we ought to summons.