WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, which will strengthen the Visa Waiver Program to help prevent foreign terrorists from entering the United States. The bill was authored by House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), and follows recommendations made by the House Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel.
“Keeping the American people safe remains the House’s top priority. Today, we took a major step forward in our effort to prevent foreign terrorists from reaching our shores. This bipartisan bill addresses key vulnerabilities in the Visa Waiver Program by implementing more stringent background checks for foreign travelers and more frequent reviews of the program’s effectiveness. Moreover, it requires anyone who recently visited a country of concern to obtain a visa before traveling to the United States. I commend Chairman Miller for her persistent work on these commonsense reforms, which will help ensure we know exactly who is crossing our borders.”