A bipartisan group of House members traveled to Poland to meet with Ukrainian refugees
California Rep. Ken Calvert was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers to visit Poland to speak with Ukrainian refugees. Calvert also met with American troops and the Polish prime minister. House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy led the group of lawmakers, according to his office.
“Poland has been an indispensable strategic partner by accepting millions of refugees, working closely with our military forces, and contributing fully to NATO as we all aim to restore peace and prosperity to the region,” McCarthy said in a statement.
McCarthy has not shied away from criticizing President Joe Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine, but has been vocal about his support of Poland accepting refugees fleeing from the war.
“Our visit today should serve as a powerful message to Putin that we condemn his unprovoked attacks. Evil cannot win,” McCarthy said.
Other lawmakers joining McCarthy and Calvert included Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Michael McCaul of Texas, Ken Calvert of California, French Hill of Arkansas, Mike Garcia of California, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, and Kathleen Rice, a Democrat from New York and Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from Florida.
McCarthy explained the purpose of the visit was to continue to signal American support for Ukraine.
“The whole world is watching what’s unfolding in Ukraine,” McCarthy said. “We see the atrocities being committed by [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, and more importantly, we see the bravery of the Ukrainian people. We are here — as representatives of the United States — to ensure we are doing what is right to support Ukrainians as they defend themselves and their democracy.”
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