U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement commemorating General Casimir Pulaski on the anniversary of his birth:
"Today we honor the great life of Polish-born General Casimir Pulaski who is hailed as the father of the American cavalry. General Pulaski fought alongside George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and gave the ultimate sacrifice to secure our nation's freedom and independence. General Pulaski's lasting contributions remind us of the historical importance of the relationship between the United States and Poland.
"Despite its strong support for the United States, Poland remains one of the only major democratic U.S. allies to be excluded from the Visa Waiver Program. The United States should stand by its commitment to this strong democratic ally and allow Polish citizens visa-free travel to our country, which will strengthen our ties to the Polish homeland."
Background: Senator Kirk along with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced S. 223, a bipartisan bill that would modernize the existing Visa Waiver Program and provide a path for Poland's inclusion. Representatives Mike Quigley and Aaron Schock introduced identical legislation in the House, H.R. 490. For more information about efforts to include Poland in the Visa Waiver Program, click here.