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Update on Baltic Advocacy Days 2020

March 20, 2020

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates and the Baltics

February 24, 2020

Baltic Advocacy Days 2020

February 21, 2020

Defense bill including support for Baltics passes House; awaits final approval

December 17, 2019

Statement on U.S. Sanctions Targeting Global corruption including Latvian oligarch

December 11, 2019

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July 31, 2019

  On July 6, 2019, Henry L. Gaidis, one of the two Lithuanian American Council (LAC) representatives to the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) and current Chairman of its Board of Directors, was honored by President Dalia Grybaskaite by confirming upon him the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merit to Lithuania (Ordino „Už nuopelnus Lietuvai“ Riterio kryžius).    The presentation was made alongside nearly thirty other Lithuanian and foreign award recipients at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, during the nation’s...

April 23, 2019

     The previous 115th Session of Congress, a two-year period encompassing 2017-2018, was one of the most successful in the 22 years of the congressional Baltic Caucuses in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. If current trends continue, 2019 could be record-breaking.

     The House Baltic Caucus and the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus were both founded in 1997 by the two most prominent American members of Congress of Lithuanian heritage, Senator Richard Durbin and Congressman John Shimkus, both of Illinois. Senator Durbin...

April 15, 2019

On Friday April 12th, 2019 the Maryland National Guard hosted its 14th Annual Unity Day in Baltimore, Maryland. The historical 5th Regiment Armory was buzzing as attendees were greeted by smiles and brochures directing them to the table displays of all the sister-states in attendance. A ceremonial Honor Guard initiated the event with a song played on the bag-pipes, the National Anthem was sung, and Major General Linda Singh of the Maryland National Guard gave everyone a warm welcome. Throughout the morning and early afternoon a special sequence...

April 15, 2019

On April 9, House Baltic Caucus co-chairmen Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced House Resolution 300 (H.Res. 300) to recognize the victims of Soviet and Nazi regimes. The resolution expresses “support for the designation of August 23, 2019, as Black Ribbon Day to recognize the victims of Soviet and Nazi regimes. The resolution was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

JBANC welcomes the introduction of this legislation. An earlier “Black Ribbon Day” resolution was introduced by Rep. Shimkus in 2013 and g...

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