Visa Waiver for Poles - important call for Polonia action
This is an urgent alert to members of the Polish American Congress and all
members of Polonia. Your support is needed regarding this important issue.
Kindly review this e-mail, then e-mail it to family members and friends, and
ask them to take action as soon as possible.
October 21, 2004
Dear Members of Polonia:
We would like to bring to your attention an issue of great concern to
all of Polonia. We are alarmed to have learned from an update on U.S.
Senate Bill 2844, Calendar No. 715, that an unidentified Democratic Senator
has issued a 3hold2 which means an objection to prevent the bill from being
passed by a voice vote. Senate Bill 2844, introduced by Senator Rick
Santorum and Senator Barbara Mikulski, would designate Poland as a visa
waiver country. Upon passage, Polish citizens visiting the USA within a
90-day period would not have to apply for a visa and, thus, Polish citizens
would be treated with the respect they deserve as age-old American allies.
The update confirmed that all Republican Senators cleared the bill with
no objection. However, one Democratic Senator, unknown to the bill's
sponsors, placed an objection on the bill, blocking passage by the Senate of
this vital-for the Polish people-legislation.
The objection is of grave concern to Polonia. More than any other
country, Poland deserves consideration for visa waiver legislation for its
tireless and heroic efforts to end Communist oppression, building a viable
democracy in Central Europe, and for its courageous support of America's war
against world terrorism and the conflict in Iraq.
Polish Americans want to know which Senate Democrat stopped the
legislative process of granting visa waivers to Poles by placing an
objection on Bill 2844. You are urged to contact your Senators to let them
know that Polish Americans want this bill placed back on the Senate calendar
for immediate consideration.
You are urged to call your Senators1 office in Washington, DC, and their
local state office. You are asked to call the offices of the Senate
leadership in Washington, DC:
Call Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - (202) 224-3135
You can also fax a letter to Senator Frist at (202) 228-1264
Call Senate Democratic Minority Leader Tom Daschle - (202) 224-5556
You can also fax a letter to Senator Daschle at (202) 224-6603
Call Senate Democratic Minority Whip Harry Reid (202) 224-2158
You can also fax a letter to Senator Reid at (202) 228-2577
You can email the Senators through www.senate.gov and then clicking the
Senator1s name and e-mailing your message.
Let Senators know you want action on U.S. Senate Bill 2844, Calendar No.
715, which would designate Poland as a visa waiver country, AND ask which
Senator placed an objection on Senate Bill 2844.
Edward J. Moskal /President/
Les Kuczynski /National Executive Director/
Cas Lenard /Executive Director Washington, DC/