AMERICAN-GERMAN RELATIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 22
(House of Representatives - February 10, 2015)

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                       AMERICAN-GERMAN RELATIONS

  (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to 
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, as cochair of the German-
American Caucus, I rise to highlight this important juncture in 
European security strategy, the shared economic opportunities, and the 
future prosperity of both nations.
  Yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the United States 
for bilateral meetings with the Obama administration. While the primary 
topic was mutual security, the visit also afforded an opportunity to 
display the strong ties between our two great countries.
  This relationship is immediately visible through the thousands of 
businesses, on both sides of the Atlantic, which provide employment and 
help support local economies. As two of the world's largest economies, 
opportunities for trade and investment are plentiful. Annually, 
hundreds of thousands of tourists from our respective nations travel to 
experience the landmarks, culture, and elements that define both as 
  Mr. Speaker, I know that I speak for many of my colleagues when I say 
that Chancellor Merkel's visit was certainly welcomed, and we look 
forward to building on our relationship.