Click to enlargepadCEEC Meets with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

July 23, 2008

Representatives from the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) met with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on July 23 to discuss fallout from the Senator's June 3rd article in the Wall Street Journal and steps towards reconciliation.

Pictured are (standing from left): Bryan Ardouny (Armenian Assembly of America), Mamuka Tsereteli (Georgian Association in the U.S.), Armand Scala (Congress of Romanian Americans), Frank Koszorus (American Hungarian Federation), Barbara Anderson (Polish American Congress), Karl Altau (Joint Baltic American National Committee), Michael Sawkiw (Ukrainian Congress Committee of America), Stephanie Urban (Lithuanian American Community). Seated from left: Marju Rink-Abel (Estonian American National Council), Senator Schumer, Alice Kipel (Belarusian-American Association).

Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.

I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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