Rep. Rod Blum Announces Bipartisan Congressional Slovak Caucus

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Washington, DC, June 1, 2015 | comments

Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with his colleague Congressman Peter Visclosky (D-IN), today formally announced the formation of the Congressional Slovak Caucus.

“I am happy to join my colleague Rep. Visclosky in reconstituting the Congressional Slovak Caucus," said Rep. Blum. "With the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library located in Cedar Rapids and many Slovaks living throughout Eastern Iowa, this caucus will help to build on the strong ties between the United States and Slovakia, a country that is an emerging economic power in Europe. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House, as well as the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, to continue to grow and foster this important economic and cultural relationship.”

“Slovakia and the United States share an important bilateral relationship.  Our partnership not only guarantees our security, but also fosters stronger economies and better lives for all those living in these two great countries.  I cherish my Slovak heritage and will continue advancing initiatives with my colleagues in the Slovak Caucus who share our values of trust, friendship, and a better future for those we serve,” Congressman Visclosky said.

“We are pleased Congressman Blum is helping reconstitute the Slovak Caucus because of the importance of the Slovak heritage in Iowa,” said Gail Naughton, President and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. “The Congressman’s involvement is important to maintaining strong and friendly relations between America and Slovakia.”

"I truly welcome the initiative to relaunch the Congressional Slovak Caucus in the 114th Congress. I take it as another manifestation of vital relationship between Slovakia and the United States, two countries with strong bonds sharing common values of freedom, democracy, and a rule of law. I very much look forward to our co-operation with the Slovak Caucus in further strengthening friendship between Slovakia and the United States," added Ambassador from Slovakia to the United States, Peter Kmec.

The Congressional Slovak Caucus is a bi-partisan membership organization dedicate to discussing and educating other Members of Congress on issues related to Slovakian heritage, culture, and economic development. 

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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