The travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump on seven Muslim-majority countries has been a major factor in limiting foreign travel for the majority of Americans who are now allowed to travel outside the United States.
Now, some of the travel restrictions that were in place when the travel ban was first implemented could be lifted if a bill is approved by Congress.
“It’s an extraordinary opportunity to take the power away from the executive branch and give it back to the people and give them the power to decide whether or not they want to travel to those countries,” said Karen Hoberman, a former adviser to Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is also a former director of the Office of Management and Budget.
In the coming days, members of the House and Senate will debate whether to approve a bill to extend the travel bans from six to 10 days, and on Wednesday, the House will consider a similar extension.
If a bill passes both chambers, it would then go to President Donald Trumps desk for his signature.
Hoberman told CNN’s Dana Bash the House could easily pass the extension by this week, but if it fails, then the House may revisit the issue in the future.
The House’s vote on the extension of the ban will likely come before it votes on legislation that would allow for more visas for certain visa categories.
Those categories include travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
On Monday, the Senate approved a similar bill that would have extended the travel curbs for five more days.
That measure also passed the Senate on Tuesday, and could soon pass the House.
However, the extension legislation passed the House last week by a vote of 217-213, but failed to make it out of committee.
If the House passes the extension bill, it will go to Trump’s desk and then on Thursday, the president will sign it into law.
If the bill fails, it could be overturned by the courts and put back on the House’s agenda for a vote.
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