House passes visa waiver bill

On a 407-19 vote, the House on Tuesday passed a bill imposing new restrictions on a visa waiver program that currently welcomes roughly 20 million people into the country each year. The bill would increase information sharing between the U.S. and the 38 countries whose passport-holders are allowed to visit the country without getting a visa, while also attempting to weed out travelers who have visited certain countries where they may have been radicalized.

But there are key differences between the House bill and a measure from Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., which has not yet been scheduled for a vote.

Both the House and Senate bills would require countries participating in the waiver program to issue passports with chips containing biometric data, report information about stolen passports to Interpol and share information about known or suspected terrorists with the U.S.

Washington Post