After paying a visit in Kyiv and meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the head of a top-level U.S. congressional delegation, which included Chairman Jim McGovern, Chairman Gregory Meeks, Chairman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congressman Bill Keating, and Congressman Jason Crow, traveled in southeast Poland and Warsaw.
“Our delegation will now continue our travels in Poland, where we will meet with President Andrzej Duda and senior officials,” stated Pelosi. “We look forward to thanking our Polish allies for their dedication and humanitarian efforts. We will proudly convey the gratitude of America for the work of U.S. service members and diplomats and other civilian leaders in Poland. When we return to the United States, we will do so further informed, deeply inspired, and ready to do what is needed to help the Ukrainian people as they defend democracy for their nation and for the world.”
In Poland, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional delegation held a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and visited the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Rzeszów, Poland.
Pelosi Statement on Congressional Delegation Meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland
On 2 May, Speaker Pelosi issued a statement after meeting with Polish President:
“Today, our high-level Congressional delegation had the distinct privilege of meeting with President Andrzej Duda of Poland, a valued partner in supporting the people of Ukraine in the face of Putin’s brutal and unprovoked war.
“In our meeting, our Members expressed America’s deep gratitude to the Polish government and Polish people for opening their hearts and homes to Ukrainian refugees, and we reaffirmed our nation’s pledge to continue supporting Poland’s humanitarian efforts. Our Members discussed our countries’ continued commitment to Ukraine, particularly as the Congress prepares to transform President Biden’s new request for additional security, economic and humanitarian assistance into legislation. Our meeting also focused on reaffirming our nations’ joint commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Polish partnership and the NATO alliance, both of which are vital to ensuring the triumph of our common democratic values and countering Putin’s dangerous aggression.
“Further informed and deeply moved by our experiences throughout our engagements in Poland, our delegation will return to Washington ready to continue our work until victory is won, and Ukraine has defended Democracy for their nation and the world.”
82nd Airborne Division stationed in Poland
House Speaker and the Congressional delegation traveled to Rzeszów, in southeast Poland, to visit U.S. Army soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in the country.
In February, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered 4,700 members of the 82nd Airborne Division to deploy to Poland. The movement was the expression of support for NATO allies.
“In Rzeszów, our delegation had the privilege to visit and thank the courageous men and women of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Poland. On behalf of Congress and the Country, we conveyed our pride and appreciation for their patriotic service to our nation,” wrote a tweet from Nancy Pelosi.
House Speaker praised the efforts of the U.S. Troops in assisting refugees.
“Today, in Rzeszów, our delegation met with @USAID to hear firsthand about the U.S. and Polish efforts to assist Ukrainian refugees forced to flee their homes because of Putin’s diabolical invasion,” tweeted Speaker Pelosi.