House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) led a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers to Poland this weekend to meet with United States armed forces and allied partners in the region. In Warsaw, the group met with the Prime Minister of Poland, the Defense Minister of Poland, and the U.S. Ambassador to Poland. Elsewhere in Northeast Poland, they visited with Ukrainian officials and civil society, Ukrainian refugees, and American soldiers in the U.S. Army.
"The whole world is watching what's unfolding in Ukraine," said Leader McCarthy. "We see the atrocities being committed by Vladimir Putin, and more importantly, we see the bravery of the Ukrainian people. We are here--as representatives of the United States--to ensure we are doing what is right to support Ukrainians as they defend themselves and their democracy.
"Poland has been an indispensable strategic partner by accepting millions of refugees, working closely with our military forces, and contributing fully to NATO as we all aim to restore peace and prosperity to the region. Our visit today should serve as a powerful message to Putin that we condemn his unprovoked attacks. Evil cannot win."
Leader McCarthy is joined by:
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Foreign Affairs Committee Republican Lead Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Michael Turner (R-OH)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Rep. French Hill (R-AR)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA)
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)
Leader McCarthy's bipartisan Congressional delegation meets with the U.S. Ambassador to Poland at the embassy in Warsaw.
The Defense Minister of Poland welcomes Leader McCarthy and U.S. lawmakers to his residence in Warsaw.
Leader McCarthy thanks Army soldiers from California for their service in Poland.
The Congressional Delegation ate lunch and spent the afternoon with members of the 82nd Airborne.
Leader McCarthy, Rep. Michael McCaul, and Rep. Mike Garcia speak with a displaced Ukrainian who temporarily crossed the border into Poland to seek a veterinarian's help for his dog.
Leader McCarthy asks Ukrainian officials directly what they need to win against Putin. They were clear in their response: we can fight the war ourselves; we just need better weapons to do it.
More stops will be announced in the coming days.