CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 266 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) on March 19, 2009.
H.Res. 266 resolves that the House of Representative:
• "Celebrates the 90th anniversary of United States-Polish diplomatic relations;
• "Congratulates the Polish people on their great accomplishments as a free democracy; and
• "Expresses appreciation for Poland's steadfast partnership with the United States.
The U.S. established diplomatic relations with the Polish Republic in April 1919, ninety years ago this year. 2009 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of communism in Poland and the tenth anniversary of Poland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Poland has overcome a legacy of foreign occupation and period of communist rule to emerge as a free and democratic nation. Poland has supported the U.S. diplomatically and militarily, supported United States-led efforts in combating global terrorism, and contributed troops to the coalitions led by the United States in both Afghanistan and Iraq.