Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015by Representative John Katko
Posted on 2015-12-08
KATKO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 158, the Visa
Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.
This bill, which I cosponsored, will close a critical gap in our Nation's security that is vulnerable to exploitation by terrorists and other nefarious actors seeking to do us harm. This bill strengthens the security of the Visa Waiver Program by requiring participating nations to increase counterterrorism information sharing, screen travelers against INTERPOL's databases, and enhance passport security features.
As chair of the Committee on Homeland Security's Foreign Fighter Task Force, I spent countless hours with my colleagues examining weaknesses in our Nation's defenses against the threat posed by foreign fighters. The provisions in this bill address several of the key findings in that report. I thank Mrs. Miller for her leadership on this important issue.
I also want to thank and note the continuing bipartisan cooperation that is part of the Committee on Homeland Security. I commend my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for their continuing good work on that committee.
In closing, I would like to urge my colleagues to support this important legislation.