Durbin Announces His Support for Poland's Entry into the Visa Waiver Program While Chairing Hearing on Nominee for Ambassador to Poland

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on the nomination of Ambassador Stephen Mull to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Poland.  During the question and answer portion of the hearing, Durbin announced that he will support legislation that would allow Poland to join the Visa Waiver Program.  A photo from today’s hearing is available here.

“I have the distinct pleasure of representing Illinois, where Chicago is often noted as home to the largest Polish community outside of Poland,” Durbin said.  “The Polish have been a critical part of America since Casimir Pulaski fought alongside George Washington during the Revolutionary War.  The relationship between the United States and Poland has continued to grow, and the inclusion of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program would be a recognition of that close, trusting relationship.”

Ambassador Mull is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania from 2003 to 2006.  A vote on his nomination will be taken at a later date.