US Congress mulls reforms to visa-waiver program

Senator Harry Reid, the top Democratic Party lawmaker in the US upper house, said December 15, 2015 that Republicans in the leadership had assured him a pending catch-all bill would not address the hot-button issue of international refugeesCongress is expected to reform a visa-waiver program as part of a sweeping spending bill, but is unlikely to restrict Syrian refugee flow into the United States, top Democrats said Tuesday. US lawmakers are in the final stages of negotiation on a $1.1 trillion spending package for 2016 that would avert a government shutdown before they break for the holidays. It is shaping up as a catch-all measure for several pieces of legislation, and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid said it was likely it would include a bill that reforms the program allowing millions of international visitors to travel to the United States without a visa.

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