October 31, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 173 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
INTRODUCING THE THREE SEAS RESOLUTION; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 173
(House of Representatives - October 31, 2019)
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[Page H8707] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] INTRODUCING THE THREE SEAS RESOLUTION (Ms. KAPTUR asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. KAPTUR. Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce a resolution supporting the Three Seas Initiative to bolster energy infrastructure security in Central and Eastern Europe. I am pleased to co-lead this bipartisan effort with the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, Adam Kinzinger. Energy security is national security. For years, Russia has sought to undermine liberty and security in Europe by forcing Central and East European nations into reliance on Russia for their energy needs. They do this through projects including the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream, Russian gas pipelines. Thankfully, 12 of our closest allies in Central and Eastern Europe have banded together to increase their energy autonomy through collective financing of energy infrastructure projects: the Three Seas Initiative. This resolution makes clear U.S.'s strong support for the initiative and encourages member nations to take action on joint financing of future projects. Additionally, it encourages the member nations to consider financing of clean energy projects as the world addresses our dire climate change crises. In the face of increased Russian aggression, the U.S. must play a leading role in energy security in Europe, and I urge my colleagues to support this important resolution. ____________________