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.

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December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills – H.R. 1865, domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, and H.R.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after joining the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the National Endowment for Democracy to honor the former President of Poland and Solidarity movement leader Lech Walesa and to reflect on and discuss democratic achievements and challenges facing Poland going forward. The event corresponded with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Poland’s Independence Day.

October 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), a strategic partnership of twelve Central and Eastern European nations with the shared goal to foster energy autonomy and resilience through collective financing of new infrastructure projects, increasing connectivity between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas, and reducing their reliance on Russia for their energy needs.


October 15, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Kaptur (D-OH) serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. 


August 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) released the following statement condemning President Trump’s attempts to slow-roll $250 million in congressionally appropriated military aid for Ukraine, known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.


July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), released the following statement after introducing the SAILORS Act, or the “Stopping Aggressive Incursions on Liberty by Ordering Russian Sanctions Act,” legislation that would apply sanctions to 24 Senior Members of the Russian Security Service and their close associates until Russia releases 24 Ukrainian Sailors and 3 vessels the country illegally captured near the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov:

July 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Andy Harris (R-MD), introduced a bipartisan House resolution condemning the Council of Europe’s decision to restore Russia’s voting rights on the Council, a decision opposed by most member states formerly in the Soviet-Bloc.


June 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus, released the following statement ahead of the White House meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda:


June 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington—Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Joe Wilson (R-SC), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission; and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus, this week announced new legislation expressing deep concern that the Government of Hungary has taken steps to weaken democratic institutions, undermine free elections, and limit civil society and a free press in Hungary.


May 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus, today led a group of Members of Congress in urging President Trump to cancel his planned meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.