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Ambassador John Bruton’s most recent foray on Capitol Hill included visits with six members of the California delegation, including Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who serves on key committees.

“The current system for issuing visas, where these are required, is expensive and time-consuming and bad for business,” Mr. Bruton wrote in his weekly column on the EU Web site ( “The EU and the U.S. need to continue to work together to find the smartest ways to promote international travel, mobility and exchanges whilst simultaneously providing security for their citizens.”

Mr. Bruton noted that all EU members issue secure passports that meet the requirements of the program, which now includes 14 EU nations, all in Western Europe.

The ambassador also met California members of the U.S. House: Democrats Barbara Lee and Zoe Lofgren and Republicans Mary Bono, Devin Nunes and George Radanovich.

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