February 16, 2019

Van Hollen to Attend Munich Security Conference, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he would be attending the Munich Security Conference from February 16th – 17th and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna from February 21st – 22nd as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation. The trip will also include diplomatic meetings in France and Cyprus. Senator Van Hollen is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and also serves on the Senate NATO Observer Group and as Co-Chair of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus.

“President Trump’s departure from global leadership has significantly weakened our standing and credibility abroad. That is why the role of the Congress in preserving America’s global leadership is more vital than ever. As we meet with European leaders, I’m committed to reaffirming America’s support for our NATO allies,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“In light of the President’s decision to suspend and declare our withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – an historic agreement that I had the chance to work on as a Senate staffer over 20 years ago – the need to stop a nuclear arms race will be front of mind in these talks,” the Senator said. “Additionally, as we move into the 2020 campaign season, we must ensure that foreign adversaries do not interfere in our elections. I continue to push for bipartisan legislation to deter future Russian interference by establishing very tough sanctions that would automatically be imposed on Russia if they are caught interfering in our elections again.”