JBANC thanks Baltic Caucus members for their support
Before the Christmas holidays, JBANC made the rounds in Congress to thank members of the House Baltic Caucus (HBC) for their support of the Baltic countries. Currently with 52 members, the Baltic Caucus is co-chaired by Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), and is a bipartisan registered Caucus of the House of Representatives since its inception in 1997.
JBANC's letter to HBC members, written on behalf of its three parent organizations, expressed gratitude for the congressmen’s interest not only in issues germane to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, but also to foreign policy concerns specific to Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, the letter stated that the Baltic countries have been steadfast allies of the United States and that Baltic-Americans have a keen appreciation for democracy and individual freedoms, which commitment is reinforced by vivid memories of the brutality of the illegal Soviet occupation. The Baltic communities remain active in promoting democratic principles and human rights, and have been keen on working to support legislation bolstering the defense of the Baltic countries, and in defending Ukraine.