Congress passes locally-inspired naturalization bill
A bill inspired by a Bethlehem resident is on its way to the White House.
The Senate has approved a bill introduced by Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Charlie Dent.
They did it on behalf of George Bou Jaoudeh.
He's been trying to become a U.S. citizen since 2005, according to the Express-Times newspaper.
The bill allows green card holders who are federal employees -- like Bou Jaoudeh -- to count their employment period toward naturalization.
Bou Jaoudeh couldn't meet the regular residency requirements because he was working overseas at U.S. embassies.
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