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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

Stefanik Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Trip to Afghanistan and the Middle East

April 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, returned from a Congressional Delegation visit she led to Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Jordan. Members attending this delegation included Congressman Tom Suozzi, (D-NY), Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD), and Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-PA).

“The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee has an important oversight role for counter-terrorism programs and initiatives and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Additionally, this subcommittee oversees U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, information technology and programs, force protection policy and oversight, and related intelligence support. It makes sure that our nation is protected against terrorist attacks and unconventional threats.

“This trip was a critical opportunity for me and my colleagues to conduct oversight of the policy, strategy, and resource issues associated with Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq/Syria and Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. Among our briefings and meetings, our delegation met with the Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Syria for full updates on current and future operations to counter ISIS, including partnering engagements and operations with the units from the Iraqi Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

“This trip was also a special opportunity to visit with our brave men and women in uniform deployed in this region. I had the opportunity to visit many constituents from our district, including servicemen and women from Greenwich, Plattsburgh, Star Lake, Schuylerville, Turin, Saranac Lake, Saratoga, Wilton, Cambridge, South Glens Falls, Lake George and Massena.

“I thank my colleagues for joining me on this important Delegation visit, and most importantly, I thank all the brave men and women in uniform who are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe.”

For more photos of Congresswoman Stefanik’s delegation visit, click here.

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