WASHINGTON DC (March 10, 2020) — Senators Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chairs of the Senate Baltic Caucus, led 23 of their Senate colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The resolution also reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) amid Russian aggression. The House Baltic Caucus is introducing a companion resolution as well.
“Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Senate — congratulates the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 30th anniversary of the restoration of their independence; commits continued support for the Baltic allies of the United States through economic and security cooperation, further strengthening transatlantic ties and regional presence; reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the enduring transatlantic alliance; recognizes the courage and resilience of the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian people in their fight for freedom and democracy in the face of Russian aggressive behavior; and, expresses the wish that the next 30 years of friendship between the Baltic States and the United States are just as full of positive achievements and progress as the last 30 years have been,” the resolution states.
Along with Sens Durbin and Grassley, the resolution is also cosponsored by Sens Chris Murphy (D-CT), John Boozman (D-AR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Jack Reed (D-RI).
Full text of the resolution is available here.