(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after traveling to Afghanistan with a bipartisan group of legislators to meet with Afghan government officials and American troops stationed in Afghanistan:
“One of the most important duties of Congress is to ensure our troops around the world have the necessary tools and resources they need to get the job done,” Dr. Bucshon said. “It’s one thing to attend briefings and classified updates in Washington on our operations and efforts to ensure peace around the world, but it is quite another to see it first-hand and hear from commanders and troops on the ground.
“During my trip to Afghanistan, I saw the direct result of our increased funding for troops and supplies. It has had a positive impact. From the commanders of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, down the chain of command, our men and women in uniform are the best trained fighting force in the world and I am honored to have met with them and been reassured that they have the personnel, training and equipment necessary to accomplish their mission. While the threat of terrorism remains constant, so will our efforts to defend against it.”
During the visit, Dr. Bucshon and the other member of the Congressional Delegation met with General Austin S. Miller, Commander, Resolute Support, John Bass, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Members who attended:
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)
Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)
Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY)
Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL)
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA)
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R- VA)