President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain agreed to extend a four-year temporary visa program for tourists from Romania to stay in the U.S. and work on U.N. peacekeeping operations in Africa, according to a statement issued Thursday by the White House.
The agreement was made after a week of negotiations between the president and the Republican senator, according the statement.
“The two sides have agreed to work together on a long-term extension of this program, which we believe will benefit American workers and American businesses, and I look forward to working with both senators to ensure that this agreement can be implemented quickly,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The deal was announced at the start of President Barack the American’s fourth term in office.
The visa program was announced in November 2016.
“We are pleased that President Obama and Senator McCain agreed that these temporary visas can be extended for a full four years,” Psaki added.
The two sides had previously been working on a similar visa program, the State Department said.
The White House said the visa program is available to about 200,000 workers from countries including Romania, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
It said the U,S.
would invest $3.5 billion to help workers from these countries find jobs in the United States.
“With the United Kingdom now open for business, we know that the economic benefits of these visa programs will be felt across the country, especially in communities of color,” the statement said.
“President Obama and I are committed to working to close gaps in our trade and investment with our friends and allies in the European Union and around the world.
The United States and our partners will continue to open our markets, invest in the infrastructure that drives our economy, and make it easier for Americans to travel and work.” The White