The United States and Poland are united by their shared commitment to democratic values, civil liberties, human rights, and security in Europe. Polish immigrants and Polish Americans have contributed to our nation since the beginning, including Generals Thaddeus Kosiuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski who helped our nation fight for its independence. As many of my constituents have personally experienced, Poland’s historical struggle for freedom under the yoke of authoritarianism and communism is a true success story. Modern Poland should serve as an inspiration to us all.
Kaptur is a proud founder and co-chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus, which actively advocates for stronger U.S.-Poland relations around shared values and economic ties. The Caucus works to promote increased awareness and provide educational opportunities highlighting Poland’s tragic treatment under the Soviet Union and Nazi-Germany. Passage of the Jolt Act has been a priority for Congresswoman Kaptur, which would set a path for Poland to be part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
Given the heightened security threats on Poland’s eastern front, Poland’s military participation in NATO has taken on new significance. Kaptur had the privilege of visiting NATO’s first permanent military unit based in Poland, with a recent Congressional Delegation and witnessed first-hand the U.S. role in leading this NATO battle group.