Top House lawmaker: most Democrats likely to back visa waiver bill

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 11:05 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra on Tuesday said most of his fellow Democrats will likely support the visa waiver bill expected on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Becerra, speaking to reporters, said he thought most Democrats in the Republican-led chamber "will take a look at this legislation and probably support it" when it comes to the floor later on Tuesday.

The bill would put new restrictions on visitors from 38 countries that normally would qualify for U.S. visa waivers, including a provision that would prevent someone who has visited Syria or Iraq in the last five years from getting a waiver.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)