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STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS -- (Senate - October 17, 2007)

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Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, one of the best ways that the United States can gain understanding and appreciation of other cultures is through the arts. Exposing children and adults alike to the creativity of other countries enriches our own artistic talents and helps bridge the gap between nations. It is for those reasons my colleague Senator Hatch and I have introduced the Arts Require Timely Service, ARTS, Act.

This legislation helps streamline the visa process and waive fees so that foreign artists and musicians can share their talents in the United States. Currently, the visa process for visiting artists is slow and costly, often times prohibiting artists from coming to the United States to share their talents. Breaking down these barriers is important and we shouldn't let the politics of immigration interfere with expanding our cultural horizons.

I am proud to stand with Senator Hatch and the Performing Arts Visa Task Force to try and help artists visit our country and inspire our communities. I hope our colleagues will join us and pass this sensible reform to expedite cultural exchanges and artistic expression.

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