The House Baltic Caucus (HBC)

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JOIN THE HOUSE BALTIC CAUCUS

July 10, 2019

Dear Colleague:

As we proceed through the 116th Congress, we would like to encourage you to join the House Baltic Caucus.

Established in 1997, the House Baltic Caucus is comprised of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who share a common interest in the Baltic States: Estonia,  Latvia,  and Lithuania. Since the restoration of their independence from the USSR over 25 years ago, the Baltic States have been steadfast allies to the United States and loyal members of NATO and the European Union. 

As the co-chairs of the House Baltic Caucus, we share the passion that the Baltic people have for freedom, democracy, justice, and human rights. Given Russia's recent aggression in Eastern Europe, the safety of the Baltic States is as critical now as it has ever been. We hope you consider joining us in protecting their freedom in the face of outside totalitarian threats. 

In furtherance of that goal, our caucus has introduced legislation to help promote awareness about the history of the Baltic States. We encourage you to co-sponsor H. Res. 300, Expressing support for the designation of August 23, 2019, as Black Ribbon Day to recognize the victims of Soviet and Nazi regimes. This legislation condemns the perpetrators of the violent and tragic history of the conquest of the Baltic States - first by the Soviets,  then the Nazis, and then the Soviets again. The atrocities committed by these regimes haunt the people of the Baltic States to this day. H. Res. 300 expresses the will of our chamber to recognize Black Ribbon Day and to stand with the Baltic States against the ruthless oppression of fascism and communism.  

If you would like to join the House Baltic Caucus or co-sponsor H. Res. 300, please contact Congressman Shimkus (Ari Kirsh at [email protected]) or Congressman Schiff (Chris Krafchak at [email protected]).

                                                               Sincerely,

 

      JOHN SHIMKUS                                                             ADAM SCHIFF

    Member of Congress                                                         Member of Congress