Congresswoman Elaine Luria Statement on Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan

January 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran, is part of the congressional delegation scheduled to visit American troops in Afghanistan this weekend.

After the President sent a letter calling for the cancellation of the trip, Congresswoman Luria issued the following statement.

“The President’s comment that lawmakers visiting Afghanistan is a ‘public relations event’ is an insult to the brave men and women serving in harm’s way,” Congresswoman Luria said. “As a 20-year Navy veteran, new member of the House Armed Services Committee, and new member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, it is my duty to support our troops and learn everything I can about their mission. Oversight is the responsibility of Congress, and it is inappropriate for the President to interfere with our constitutional duties.”

Congresswoman Luria is the only House freshman in the delegation slated to visit Afghanistan. The purpose of the trip is to express appreciation and thanks to Americans in uniform for their service and dedication, and to obtain critical national security and intelligence briefings from those on the front lines.

The President traveled to Iraq during the shutdown, as did a separate congressional delegation.