Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Rep. Norcross Joins Bipartisan House Delegation to Germany, Denmark, Poland, and Greenland

Apr 9, 2022
News Release

Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that he is headed to Europe this week as a member of a bipartisan House delegation to demonstrate solidarity with our NATO allies and to visit Ukrainian refugees seeking shelter in Poland.

The delegation will start in Berlin, Germany, where they will meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Minister for the Chancellery Wolfgang Schmidt, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, and other officials as well as be briefed by the U.S. ambassador and U.S. Embassy personnel and sit down with business leaders from the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Next, the delegation will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, where they will discuss the latest developments on the war in Ukraine with Defense Minister Morten Bødskov and Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen, and then they will join the delegation to lay a wreath at the memorial to Danes who died fighting with Allied forces in the Second World War. They will also meet with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and with counterparts who serve in the Folketing, Denmark’s parliament.

The delegation will then travel to Warsaw, Poland, where they will meet with senior Polish government officials and Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski. They will also visit with the U.S. ambassador and staff from U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. The delegation will then travel to Rzeszow near the Ukrainian border, where they will meet directly with Ukrainian refugees and sit down with aid workers to discuss ways the United States can continue to help those fleeing Vladimir Putin’s criminal invasion. While there, they will also meet with U.S. troops and commanders from the 82nd Airborne Division and with staff from the U.S. Embassy Kyiv, who are now operating from Poland. On their return journey from Europe, the delegation will stop in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, where they will visit a receding glacier emblematic of the challenge of the global climate crisis.

“We have all seen with heartbreaking clarity the brutality of Putin’s illegal war against the people of Ukraine,” said Congressman Norcross. “This delegation is a demonstration our commitment to our Allies and partners in Europe. I look forward to hearing from the Ukrainians who have fled Putin’s terror and learning how we can help those who remain in Ukraine. I want to thank Leader Hoyer and Congressman Upton for organizing this delegation and inviting me to join.”

Congressman Norcross serves on the House Armed Services Committee and chairs its Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. He met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States in February and has been a consistent voice for crippling sanctions and strategic military aid to the Ukrainian government following Putin’s illegal and unprovoked invasion.

The delegation is led by Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06). In addition to Congressman Norcross, other members of the delegation include Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congresspersons Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Tom Reed (NY-23), Garret Graves (LA-06), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), and Veronica Escobar (TX-16). The delegation will return to Washington, DC, on Friday, April 15.