WASHINGTON – 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, just concluded a week-long bipartisan congressional delegation visit to Poland, including the Poland-Ukraine border, Romania, and Belgium. During the visit, the delegation met with U.S. and foreign government officials to discuss Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the ways in which the United States and its European allies can strengthen their efforts to arm Ukraine’s military and to assist the millions of Ukrainians who have become refugees as a result of Russia’s invasion.
“Our bipartisan delegation sent a clear and unequivocal message that America stands with democratic Ukraine and with our NATO allies,” said Murphy. “Based on the insights I gained during the visit, I believe the United States can do even more to help the Ukrainian people defend their homeland, to cut Putin’s Russia off from the global economy, to assist Ukrainian refugees, and to defend every inch of NATO territory.”
The delegation met with, among others, the Prime Minister of Poland, the Prime Minister of Romania, senior NATO military and civilian officials, U.S. servicemembers, and Ukrainian refugees. Murphy also had the opportunity to meet personally with Floridians serving in the U.S. military, the diplomatic corps, and non-profit organizations delivering humanitarian aid.
“For me personally, the most memorable and moving part of our trip was meeting with Ukrainian refugees, including many families with children,” said Murphy. “As a refugee myself, and the mother of two young kids, I was heartbroken by the suffering I witnessed. But I was also inspired by the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people. America and Europe must continue to provide them with the support they need until they can return home.”
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The other Members of Congress who joined Murphy on the congressional delegation were:
- House Republican Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
- House 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)