Today, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will help to introduce the Visa Waiver for Israel Act at a press conference at 11AM (EST) at 1539 Longworth House Office Building.
The bill would add Israel to the list of 37 countries currently participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, allowing Israeli citizens to enter the United States for up to 90 days without first obtaining a visa.
"Today, I join Congressman Brad Sherman, Congressman Ted Poe and Senator Ron Wyden in support of the Visa Waiver for Israel Act, which would promote increased and streamlined cooperation between our two countries," Schneider said. "This simple step will enhance our already strong partnership with Israel and help pave the way for further technological, business and security collaboration, as well as tourism. Still, for me and for Illinois's Tenth District, this partnership is about more than just strengthening an economic bond; Israel is a friend, it is family and heritage, and by clearing the path for simpler travel between our two nations, we are honoring that tradition."
Schneider has been active in advocating for a strong U.S.-Israel partnership for more than 30 years. He is a current member of AIPAC and was a founding member of AIPAC's New Leadership Network.