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Kaptur, Kinzinger Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Passes Committee

October 1, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), released the following statement after the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to pass out of committee their 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, digital, and transportation infrastructure independence and resilience through collective financing of new infrastructure projects, increasing connectivity between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas, and countering Russian and Chinese malign influence. Three Seas Initiative Membership includes: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

"I am thrilled our resolution to support the Three Seas Initiative has advanced through the House Committee on Foreign Affairs ahead of the Three Seas Summit in Tallinn, Estonia," said Rep. Kaptur. "This demonstrates robust bipartisan support within the House of Representatives to boost the resiliency of European infrastructure, energy, and digital security in the face of growing Russian and Chinese threats to democracy. I thank Chairman Engel, Ranking Member McCaul, and Rep. Keating for their support and leadership, as well as Rep. Kinzinger for partnering with me on a bipartisan basis to move this resolution forward. I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring this legislation to the floor for swift passage."

"I'm grateful to see our Three Seas Initiative pass through the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, and I especially want to thank my colleague Representative Marcy Kaptur for her shared commitment to strengthen our transatlantic relationships in Congress," said Congressman Kinzinger. "The Three Seas Initiative will undoubtedly bolster energy independence and infrastructure security in the region, and show strong U.S. support in the face of increased Russian and Chinese influence over these countries. It received bipartisan support, transatlantic support, and overwhelming support from the White House and Secretary of State Pompeo. I look forward to working with leadership to ensure this important measure becomes law."

Bill text can be found here.