Rep. Lipinski Holds Roundtable Discussion on Improving US-Poland Business Relations
In his role as founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Poland, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) organized a roundtable discussion for fellow members of Congress and the U.S.-Poland Business Council. Held in Washington D.C., the event focused on enhancing trade and promoting commercial relations between the U.S. and Poland in order to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Joining Rep. Lipinski in leading the discussion on Sept. 19 was fellow caucus co-chair Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), as well as caucus members Rep. Mike Quiqley (IL-5) and Rep. William Enyert (IL-12).
“Poland is a great ally and a friend to the United States. Informative dialogues such as the one with the U.S. Poland Business Council help me to understand the challenges American businesses face in Poland and what we can do to remove those barriers,” Rep. Lipinski said. “I look forward to holding more events that make the strong relationship between the United States and Poland even stronger.”
Topping the list of concerns voiced by many at the roundtable was the effort to have Poland included in the Visa Waiver Program. Rep. Lipinski has been a leader on this issue in Congress and is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation in the House to make Poland the 38th country — and 31st European country — in the program.
“Poland is one of our most reliable allies and it's only right that its citizens have the same travel privileges as all of our close allies. For the more than 100,000 Polish-Americans in my district, this issue is about having friends and family attend weddings, baptisms, and other important family events,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Our economy only stands to benefit by allowing millions to visit and spend their money here. But at its core, this legislation is about fairness for a close partner and friend. I am committed to seeing this bill passed in the House so we can finally make these overdue reforms.”
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