Lipinski Welcomes Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to the United States

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) was pleased to welcome Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski Wednesday during Komorowski's first official trip to the United States. Lipinski was a special guest at the President's first policy speech in the United States at the German Marshall Fund.

"As a Polish-American and Chairman of the House Polish Caucus, I was proud to welcome President Bronislaw Komorowski to the United States," Lipinski said. "His strong leadership and commitment to democracy in the months following the tragic death of former Polish President Lech Kaczynski demonstrated that he has the resolve and determination to successfully lead the Polish people. I was happy to hear what President Komorowski had to say about U.S.-Polish relations, strengthening economic ties between the two nations, and Polish-Russian relations."

Congressman Lipinski is a leading advocate for the inclusion of Poland in an expansion of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows visitors from participating nations to enter the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. In the aftermath of the April 10, 2010 plane crash that claimed the lives of Kaczynski, his wife Maria Kaczynska, and 94 others, Congressman Lipinski sponsored H. Res. 1246, expressing sympathy to the people of Poland and led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence following passage of the bill. In October of last year, Lipinski introduced and led passage of H. Res. 266, commemorating 90 years of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations. 

"The challenges facing Poland remain similar to those facing the United States," Lipinski said. "Both countries remain dedicated to promoting democracy and growing our respective economies in the face of a worldwide recession. Through cooperation and mutual initiatives, the U.S. and Poland stand to benefit greatly from continued diplomatic and economic ties. I am glad President Komorowski was able to visit the United States, and I look forward to a positive relationship with his administration."

(December 10, 2010)


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