House Baltic Caucus‚Äč

Related Legislation

Leaders and members of the Baltic Caucus have worked in the past toward the passing of legislation regarding Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and issues that affect the region and its constituency in America. These efforts include, but are not limited to:


2018:

The House Resolution 826 - Noting the Baltic States of Estonia's, Latvia's and Lithuania's 100th anniversary of independence


On April 13 Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) introduced the H.Res. 826 - Noting the Baltic States of Estonia's, Latvia's and Lithuania's 100th anniversary of independence. The Resolution currently is referred to House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and has 24 co-sponsors.


H.Res.826 (1) notes the Baltic's 100th anniversary of independence, 27th anniversary of their restoration of independence from the Soviet Union, and the steadfast political, economic, social, and military progress they have since made; (2) reiterates the continued support of the House for European Deterrence Initiative as a means for enhancing deterrence and increasing military capabilities on NATO's eastern flank; and (3) calls on the President to continue building the close and mutually beneficial political, economic, educational, research, and security relations the United States has enjoyed with Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania since regaining their independence from the Soviet Union.

The full text of the resolution and House actions regarding it can be found here.


Full list of co-sponsors by date (updated June 6, 2018):

Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21] 04/13/2018

Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] 04/13/2018

Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 04/13/2018

Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] 04/13/2018

Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] 04/13/2018

Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8] 04/24/2018

Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC] 04/25/2018

Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] 04/25/2018

Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12] 04/25/2018

Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] 04/25/2018

Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] 05/17/2018

Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 05/17/2018

Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR] 05/17/2018

Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14] 05/17/2018

Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] 05/17/2018

Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] 05/17/2018

Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8] 05/17/2018

Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19] 05/17/2018

Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] 05/17/2018

Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] 05/17/2018

Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 05/17/2018

Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5] 06/01/2018

Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] 06/01/2018

Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 06/06/2018

   *names in bold are the House Baltic Caucus members.


2014

U.S. House of Representatives passes Black Ribbon Day legislation recognizing Victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes. Legislation designating August 23 as a Black Ribbon Day commemorating the victims of both Soviet communist and Nazi terror passed on May 22 in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois, the co-chairman of the House Baltic Caucus, sponsored the legislation and effectively shepherded its passage in the House. The legislation, part of a National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4435), will now be taken up by the Senate. A conference committee of both houses will work out differences.


It is especially important that legislation passed this year since it marks the 75th year since the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. The pact divided Europe between Nazi Germany and the USSR and ushered in WWII. Ultimately this led to the 50 year Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries. This year will also mark 25 years since the Baltic Way?was organized in 1989. This human chain united some two million Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians in an iconic demonstration of their resolve for freedom and independence.


Over the past several years the European Parliament, Council of Europe, Canada?s Parliament, as well a number of countries in Europe have passed similar Black Ribbon Day resolutions to achieve a historical ?reconciliation based on truth and remembrance. In passing this legislation, the United States Congress unambiguously asserts that the victims of the most destructive regimes in history will not be forgotten and will be remembered by future generations as well.


Rep. Shimkus introduced the Black Ribbon Day resolution in July 2013, and about 50 co-sponsors signed on. The language of that bill, with some modifications, was adopted in the military authorization bill. An earlier version of the Black Ribbon Day resolution was introduced in the previous Session of Congress in 2012.


2013:

H.CON.RES.302 

Expressing support for the designation of August 23 as Black Ribbon Day to recognize the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes. [113th Congress]


H.RES.302

Latest Title: Expressing support for designation of August 23 as "Black Ribbon Day" to recognize the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes.

Sponsor: Rep Shimkus, John [IL-15] (introduced 7/16/2013) Cosponsors (46)

Latest Major Action: 7/16/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


COSPONSORS (46), BY DATE (House Baltic Caucus members BOLD)

Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] - 7/22/2013

Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] - 7/30/2013

Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] - 7/30/2013

Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] - 7/30/2013

Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] - 7/30/2013

Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] - 8/2/2013

Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] - 8/2/2013

Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] - 9/9/2013

Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] - 9/9/2013

Rep Brooks, Susan W. [IN-5] - 9/9/2013

Rep Keating, William R. [MA-9] - 9/17/2013

Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 9/28/2013

Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] - 10/23/2013

Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 10/23/2013

Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] - 10/28/2013

Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 10/28/2013

Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] - 10/29/2013

Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] - 11/12/2013

Rep Harris, Andy [MD-1] - 11/13/2013

Rep Upton, Fred [MI-6] - 11/21/2013

Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 11/21/2013

Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 11/21/2013

Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 11/21/2013

Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] - 11/21/2013

Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] - 11/21/2013

Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] - 11/21/2013

Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-11] - 11/21/2013

Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] - 11/21/2013

Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 12/2/2013

Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] - 12/2/2013

Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-46] - 12/2/2013

Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 12/2/2013

Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-35] - 12/2/2013

Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-48] - 12/10/2013

Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 12/12/2013

Rep Walberg, Tim J. [MI-7] - 12/12/2013

Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] - 12/12/2013

Rep Bera, Ami [CA-7] - 01/08/2014

Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 01/28/2014

Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] - 01/28/2014

Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 02/3/2014

Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-6] - 02/4/2014

Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-42] - 02/10/2014

Rep Latta, Robert E. [OH-5] - 02/10/2014

Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] - 02/11/2014

Rep Herrera Beutler, Jaime [WA-3] - 02/11/2014


2012:

H.CON.RES.267 Expressing support for the designation of August 23 as Black Ribbon Day to recognize the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes. [112th Congress]


2010:

H.CON.RES.267 Congratulating the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 20th anniversary of the reestablishment of their full independence. [111th Congress]


2009:

H.RES.285 Congratulating the people of the Republic of Lithuania on the 1000th anniversary of Lithuania and celebrating the rich history of Lithuania. [111th Congress]


H.RES.496 Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. [111th Congress]


2008:

H.RES.1405 Congratulating the Republic of Latvia on the 90th anniversary of its declaration of independence. [110th Congress]


H.CON.RES.371 Strongly supporting an immediate and just restitution of, or compensation for, property illegally confiscated during the last century by Nazi and Communist regimes. [110th Congress]


2007:

H.CON.RES.255 Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the United States commitment to preservation of religious and cultural sites and condemning instances where sites are desecrated. [110th Congress]


H.RES.397 Condemning violence in Estonia and attacks on Estonia's embassies in 2007, and expressing solidarity with the Government and the people of Estonia. [110th Congress]


2006:

H.R.5730 To designate Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as program countries under the visa waiver program established under section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. [109th Congress]


2005:

H.CON.RES.128 Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the Russian Federation should issue a clear and unambiguous statement of admission and condemnation of the illegal occupation and annexation by the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991 of the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. [109th Congress]


2004:

H.RES.558 Welcoming the accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and for other purposes. [108th Congress]

2001:


H.CON.RES.131 Congratulating the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the tenth anniversary of the reestablishment of their full independence. [107th Congress]


2000:

H.CON.RES.258 Congratulating the Republic of Lithuania on the tenth anniversary of the reestablishment of its independence from the rule of the former Soviet Union. [106th Congress]


H.CON.RES.319 Congratulating the Republic of Latvia on the 10th anniversary of the reestablishment of its independence from the rule of the former Soviet Union. [106th Congress]


1999:

H.CON.RES.21 Recommending the integration of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). [106th Congress]


1997:

H.CON.RES.10 Recommending the integration of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. [105th Congress]


1996:

H.R.3564 To amend the NATO Participation Act of 1994 to expedite the transition to full membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization of emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. [104th Congress]


H.CON.RES.51 Expressing the sense of the Congress relating to the removal of Russian troops from Kaliningrad. [104th Congress]

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