Several members of the U.S. Congress have made statements offering condolences to the people of Poland in honor of the victims of Saturday’s air crash.  Chairman Berman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee noted, “The timing of this loss is particularly poignant, as these officials were travelling to honor the Polish POWs who were massacred at Katyn Forest 70 years ago during World War II.”  Senator Lugar, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “Together with the Polish nation and friends of Poland worldwide, I mourn this unbelievably tragic loss.”  Senator Lugar introduced a resolution honoring the lives of the victims of the crash, as well as the lives and legacies of the more than 22,000 Polish government officials, military officers and civilians who were executed in the Katyn massacre.  Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said, “Our community, our state, and our nation grieve today with the people of Poland and all people of Polish heritage.”  Congressman Dan Lipinski said, “Poland has been a true friend and ally of the United States. And although Poland and the Polish people have endured great suffering throughout history, they have always proven to be resilient.”  Senator Barbara Mikulski said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Poland.  U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released a joint statement, in which they said, “The memory of President Kaczynski’s life and his commitment to peaceful regional and international relations should serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Read the Full Text of their Statements Here:

  • Statement by the U.S. Helsinki Commission
  • Statement by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard L. Berman
  • Statement by Senator Barbara Mikulski
  • Statement by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
  • Statement by Congressman Dan Lipinski