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Congress & The Executive Branch

U.S.-Czech relations involve both the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. 

The bilateral relationship is strengthened by a caucus of interested lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the members of which express and demonstrate their special concerns from time to time.  A Caucus gives support on a particular policy position, either in concert with an Administration or in the lead when the Administration is showing reluctance, even, if warranted, in opposition to an Administration policy stance.  Currently the Congressional Czech Caucus has these bipartisan members:  Senators Charles Grassly (R-IA), Bill Casey (D-PA), and James Inhofe (R-OK); Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Michael Turner (R-OH), and Mario Diaz-Balart Z (R-FL).

In the executive branch both the Department of State and the White House National Security Council staff are responsible for the relationship.

The Czech Desk Officer is the State Department's expert on the Czech Republic and Czech issues. He/she serves as the point person for all matters related to the CR, drafts briefings and other reports for Department principals, attends and reports on meetings both within and outside of State, organize appointments and meetings for senior U.S. and foreign officials, analyzes and distributes media and embassy reports, and works to further U.S. diplomatic efforts.  He/she is a source of knowledge about American interests, policies, programs, and problems in the Czech Republic, and is a primary conduit for Washington policy information to the U.S. Embassy in Prague.  The Czech Desk is located within the Office of Central European Affairs in the Bureau of European & Eurasian Affairs.

National Security Council (NSC) staff serves as the President's national security and foreign policy staff within the White House. The staff assists the President in preparing for meetings with foreign leaders and in connection with the President's foreign travel. The staff participates in Presidential briefings, assists the President with Congressional inquiries, and prepares public remarks.   Within the NSC, the European Affairs department is responsible for Czech Republic matters.