Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
April 18, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), former Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Fred Upton (MI-06), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), and a bipartisan delegation from Congress returned on Friday evening after spending the week in Europe demonstrating American support for Ukraine and for the NATO alliance.  The week-long trip included meetings with senior government officials, U.S. diplomats, U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, and front-line aid workers, and the participants encountered Ukrainian refugees while visiting the border between Poland and Ukraine.  On their return journey, the delegation stopped in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, for engagements focused on the effects of climate change. 
 
On Tuesday, April 12, Leader Hoyer delivered re
marks in Copenhagen, Denmark before the Danish Foreign Policy Society on the threats and challenges facing democracies today and the need for unity in confronting Vladimir Putin and other dictators. His remarks can be found here.
 
“In Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, and at the Ukrainian border we heard the same message over and over again,” said Leader Hoyer.  “The free world needs America to continue leading the unified effort against Vladimir Putin’s criminal and unprovoked war in Ukraine.  We were fortunate to spend time with leaders from Germany, Denmark, and Poland – key NATO allies and strategic partners – and were encouraged by the resolve they were sho
wing as part of this common effort, including by increasing defense spending to meet NATO targets in the coming years.  Standing at the Ukrainian border was a powerful moment for us all, a poignant reminder of the human toll of Putin’s aggression.  Our visit to Kangerlussuaq was a reminder as well that our nations together face challenges beyond war and economic crisis – a rapidly warming planet continues to pose an existential threat that must be met by concerted, global action.  I thank my friend Rep. Upton for leading this bipartisan delegation with me, and I look forward to continuing to work with him, with Senator Blunt, and with the other colleagues who traveled with us to address all of these challenges back in Washington.”
 
"Leader Hoyer and I led a successful delegation to listen, observe, and work with our NATO colleagues to overcome our common enemy, Vladimir Putin,” said Rep. Upton. “With the experience gained during our time at the Ukrainian border, and across Poland and Germany, I will continue to push the administration and my colleagues to support Ukraine and hold Russia accountable. I thank Majority Leader Hoyer for co-leading this bipartisan delegation and Sen. Blunt for coming with us."
 
“Leader Hoyer put together an incredibly important trip at an incredibly important time,” said Sen. Blunt. “Members of Congress need to be present as our Western European allies step up and look for leadership from the United States. It was particularly impressive to see everything that the citizens of Poland are doing to help Ukrainians who are leaving their country and to become a major base for arming the Ukrainian fighters.”
 
Leader Hoyer, Rep. Upton, and Sen. Blunt were joined by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23), Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Rep. Garret Graves (LA-06), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), and Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16).