Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

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.


More on Foreign Affairs

February 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Agency and a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Nuclear Posture Review released by the Department of Defense today:

November 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), today said the following on the targeting of journalists in Russia including the continued imprisonment of Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko by Russian authorities:

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI), Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), today introduced a resolution commemorating the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide.

October 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today introduced a House Resolution to commemorate, International Day of Rural Women, in recognition of women farmers around the world.

“Women serve as the bedrock of society. They feed the world’s families. They feed our neighbors, and our countrymen,” said Kaptur. “Women are important role models for younger generations. Unfortunately, despite this, they still face many societal and economic limitations both here and abroad.”

August 21, 2017 Press Release

Toledo, OH -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after President Donald Trump's speech regarding U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

"There can be no blank check for war anywhere. Committing more American troops without a clear path forward will not lead to the resolution of this sixteen-year war.

August 2, 2017 Press Release

TOLEDO -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) issued the following statement of concern related to the escalation of risk for human rights defenders in Honduras.

July 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur joined 12 of her colleagues in a letter urging President Donald Trump to confront the Russian President on the following transgressions around the world including: Russia’s violations of international law and of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine; Russia’s support for the Assad regime in the brutal war in Syria; and Russia’s cyber-attacks on the United States to influence its elections and systematically sow disinformation in the United States.

June 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and 200 Members of Congress filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause. The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

May 27, 2017 Press Release

Cleveland -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today released the following statement after news Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski had passed away:

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Below is a statement attributable to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) regarding the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel.

“The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller is an overdue but constructive first step in ensuring a proper investigation of Trump Administration ties to Russia and Russian interests occurs within the Department of Justice.