Poland and European Affairs

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.

More on Poland and European Affairs

June 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), heralded the allocation of a $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which will be used to help Ukraine better defend itself against Russian aggression.

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.


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:


March 26, 2019 Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Co-Chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus, hosted Ms. Magdalena Adamowicz, wife of late Mayor of Gdansk, Poland, Paweł Adamowicz, and their daughter Antonina Adamowicz for a roundtable discussion with lawmakers, diplomats, and policy experts to honor Mayor Adamowicz’s memory and discuss policy issues related to U.S.-Poland relations and democracy in Poland. Gdansk, Poland is a sister-city of Cleveland, Ohio.


March 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress, senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Poland Caucus, today introduced the “Paweł Adamowicz Democratic Leadership Exchange Act of 2019”, which would establish increased democratic exchange between the United States and Poland.


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.