January 26, 2010

Rep. Ryan just back from Afghanistan

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, 1st District, returned early this morning from a trip to Afghanistan.

Traveling with four other congressmen, he was in Afghanistan and the Middle East from Jan. 21-26.

The stated purpose of the trip was "to meet with members of the military…and foreign officials to discuss issues pertaining to the budgeting for, and execution of, the surge, reconstruction efforts, training of the Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police, and combating corruption. In addition, members of Congress will also visit Service Members in Afghanistan and conduct oversight into the increase of forces in support of…Operation Enduring Freedom.”

Ryan said, "We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in our armed forces. It was an honor to spend time with a number of remarkable Wisconsinites defending our freedoms far from home. They deserve not only our appreciation, but also our unwavering support." Ryan also had the opportunity to meet with Gen. Stanley McCrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, among others.

The delegation was led by House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-South Carolina. Others included Rep. Gene Taylor, D-MS; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-CA and Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-NC.

Ryan's office said pictures and other information will be released in a few days.

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