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Murphy Statement on Bipartisan Delegation Visit to Poland

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Washington, April 10, 2022 | comments

WARSAW—Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., who serves as the Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations, made the following video statement, while traveling on a bipartisan delegation visit this weekend to Poland.  The delegation is being led by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and 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-AK)
  • Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
  • Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA)
  • Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)

In Warsaw, the delegation met with the Prime Minister of Poland, the Defense Minister of Poland, and the U.S. Ambassador to Poland. Also in Poland, they visited with Ukrainian officials and civil society, Ukrainian refugees, and American soldiers in the U.S. Army. Below are the remarks as delivered and a link to the video:

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Hi, this is Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.

I’m on a bipartisan congressional delegation visit to Europe.  

And our delegation is meeting with U.S. and foreign government officials to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NATO’s response, and the impact of the Ukrainian refugee crisis.  

Right now, I’m speaking to you from a town near the border of Ukraine and Poland.  

We met today with American troops from the 82nd Airborne Division.

They’ve deployed to Poland to deter further Russian aggression and to support our NATO allies.

We’ve also met with Ukrainian refugees, including many families with children.

As a refugee, and the mother of two young kids, I’m just heartbroken by what I’ve witnessed.

I’m also amazed by the resilience of the Ukrainian people and inspired by their strength.

I know no one is a refugee by choice, so I’m deeply grateful for countries like Poland, who are housing, feeding, and supporting these refugees—until they can go home.

I’m proud that the United States is accepting Ukrainian refugees and providing significant aid to our European allies, so they can help these Ukrainian families in dire need.

That’s what I love so much about America—this unique combination of power and generosity, this beautiful mix of strength and kindness.

Our country is doing a lot—but we can, should, and will do more.

I hope that everyone is safe and healthy back home.  I look forward to talking to you again soon.  

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