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Visa Security is National Security

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. SMITH of Texas. Madam Speaker, this week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report that identified the State Department's failure to revoke Abdulmutallab's visa as one of 14 security failures leading to the attempted Christmas Day terror attack.

* This attack is not the first time terrorists have obtained U.S. visas. Several of the 9/11 hijackers did so as well.

* After 9/11, Congress created the Visa Security Program to increase the security of the visa process at U.S. embassies and consulates.

* My bill, the Secure Visas Act, mandates that the administration expand the Visa Security Program to the highest risk consular posts. And it requires that in the event a visa is revoked after it has been issued, consular, law enforcement, and terrorist screening databases are updated immediately.

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