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

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.
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.


July 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the Polish Caucus, issued the following statement in regards to news that the Polish government has forced the retirement of several Supreme Court justices, threatening the independence of the judiciary:

May 14, 2018 Press Release

Washington D.C. -- Co-Chairs of the Congressoinal Poland Caucus, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) released the following statement:

November 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Dennis Ross (R-FL), and Chris Smith (R-NJ) have announced the formation of the Victims of Communism Caucus for the 115thCongress (2017-2019).

April 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a co-chair of the Congressional Hungarian Caucus released the following statement after news Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently passed legislation that could shut down the Central European University, which was created after the fall of communism and promotes the ideal of an open society.