House Set To Lighten Controls On Visa-Free Travel

The U-S House of Representatives passed a measure today making changes to the visa waiver program in response to the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks. The bill places tighter controls on travel to the country and requires visas for anyone who’s been in Iraq or Syria in the last five years.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the bill with bipartisan support.The bill, which is backed by the White House, takes aim at the “visa waiver” program, which allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. Belgium and France, home to most of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks, are among the participating countries.

ABC’s Karen Travers is in Washington D.C.