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Dear Colleague to All Members on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine Addressing a Joint Meeting of Congress

Dear Colleague,

It is with great pride and solemnity that, tonight, we will welcome President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to address a Joint Meeting of Congress.  This special session is anticipated to begin at 7:30 p.m. E.T.

I encourage you to read my letter of invitation to President Zelenskyy.  As the fight for freedom in Ukraine wages on, we look forward to hearing his inspiring message of courage, unity and determination.

Please note that, for security reasons, the House Sergeant at Arms has announced that there will be no guests allowed in the House Gallery – with the exception of official guests of President Zelenskyy.

On a personal note: this is a moment fraught with meaning for me.  My father, Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., was a Member of the House in 1941 when Winston Churchill came to the Congress on the day after Christmas to enlist our nation’s support in the fight against tyranny in Europe.  Eighty-one years later this week, it is particularly poignant for me to be present when another heroic leader addresses the Congress in a time of war – and with Democracy itself on the line.

I hope that you will be there to be a part of a very special evening, which will be etched into history as well as part of your legacy.


Speaker of the House

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