Foreign Affairs

U.S. foreign policy must reflect the needs of new levels of interdependence globally. Our foreign policy should encourage economic and democratic growth and protect national security. While maintaining our sovereignty, the U.S. supports the efforts of international organizations in peacekeeping and crisis management. As a partner for peace, the U.S. can assist in negotiations in the troubled regions of the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. Northern Ohio has a proud immigrant tradition that has enriched our community with diverse and worldly citizens.


Congresswoman Kaptur serves as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Sino-US relations are never far from the congressional agenda: bilateral trade imbalance, national security, human rights, currency manipulation, intellectual property rights, or cyber-warfare. For more on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, click here.


Congresswoman Kaptur serves as co-chair of the Congressional Hungarian-American Caucus and also the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. She is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Our nation has much to gain from alliances with the emerging democracies that were formerly under Soviet domination. Congresswoman Kaptur, a Polish-American, is always seeking opportunities to deepen the relationships between Northern Ohio and Eastern Europe. Stronger ties can strengthen both regions economically, strategically and culturally. Also, much has been done to recognize those who lost their lives in the fight against oppression by commemorating the Holocaust, the Great Ukrainian Famine in 1933, and the Katyn Massacre. It is important that we remember and honor those who lost their lives and suffered at the hands of Nazi and Soviet oppression.


The ongoing Middle East conflict is perhaps the most vexing diplomatic quandary in the world. As a superpower, the U.S. has both the opportunity and responsibility to help bring stability to this volatile and strategic region. The U.S. must be an honest broker for peace and revisit a peace process. We must encourage people-to-people contact in the region so we can eliminate hatred and highlight common bonds between neighbors. The pathway to peace can be paved by grass-roots diplomacy in addition to governmental compromise. Peace in the region is possible if all sides distance themselves from extremism and open themselves to frank dialogue. The U.S. can help usher in a new era of hope for the region and the world.


Iran is on the precipice. It is nearing nuclear weapons capabilities while at the same time facing a popular democratic uprising from its own people. The acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran would destabilize an already volatile region. Diplomacy, not military action, should be used to deal with Iran. Additional sanctions may be a useful tool in keeping Iran in check, but the U.S. must ensure that the democratic movement is not suffocated. The problem is the oppressive and fanatical Iranian regime, not the overwhelmingly pro-western people of Iran.


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January 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee released the following statement regarding the deaths and injuries sustained by U.S. service members in the U.S.-patrolled Syrian city of Manbij. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blast. 


January 16, 2019 In The News
Northeast Ohio politicians are mourning the death of murdered Polish mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who was stabbed at a charity concert on Sunday. Adamowicz was mayor of Gdansk, a sister city to Cleveland.
January 16, 2019 In The News

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat who is co-chairwoman of the congressional Poland Caucus, called on Tuesday for a thorough investigation into the murder of Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Kaptur expressed condolences and noted that Gdańsk is a longtime sister city of Cleveland in her home state.

January 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and co-chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus today made a statement regarding the murder of Mayor Pawel Adamowicz of Gdansk, Poland. Gdansk has been a sister city of Cleveland, Ohio since 1990.


December 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued a statement after the House of Representatives unanimously passed three Ukraine-related bills in the face of Russia’s military escalation in the Kerch Strait.

December 3, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), as co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, today welcomed several members of the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) to Northwest Ohio. The delegation was organized by the Open World Leadership Center in an effort to strengthen ties and exchange information between the United States and Ukraine.

November 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued a statement rebuking the Russian Federation’s aggressive attack on Ukraine near the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov:

October 21, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, OH - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the House’s longest serving woman and the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, released the following statement regarding the apparent murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

July 17, 2018 Press Release

Watch Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur speak on the House floor regarding President Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur took to the House floor to condemn Trump's irresponsible and "unpatriotic" behavior.