GOP sets vote to expand visa requirements

House Republican leaders have announced a new legislative proposal aimed at boosting national security by changing the nation's visa waiver program, and said the bill would get a vote by next week.

A counterterrorism task force made up of Republican committee chairman announced the bill on Thursday, and predicted it would pass with an overwhelming and bipartisan vote.

The legislation would end the visa waiver privilege now offered to western passport holders if they have traveled to Iraq, Iran, Syria or Sudan, which are considered breeding grounds for terrorism. Instead, those travelers would have to first apply for a visa before entering the United States, which would require a much higher level of scrutiny than simply entering with a passport.

Dual passport holders from any of the four countries flagged in the legislation would also have to apply for a visa.

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