Boehner Heads to Afghanistan

House Republicans visit following Afghan election.

Speaker of the House John Boehner pauses during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 26, 2014.
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Billy House
April 14, 2014, 7:38 a.m.

Speak­er John Boehner, joined by oth­er seni­or House Re­pub­lic­ans, are vis­it­ing Afgh­anistan to as­sess polit­ic­al and se­cur­ity in­terests, his of­fice said on Monday.

The trip comes as Afgh­anistan held pres­id­en­tial and pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions this week­end.

“Since shortly after 9/11,” Boehner said in a state­ment, “our troops have fought to bring peace and se­cur­ity to Afgh­anistan and to en­sure it can nev­er again be used as a safe haven for ter­ror­ists to at­tack the United States.”

“Now, the Afghans are poised to elect a new gov­ern­ment for the first time in their his­tory. We must hon­or the sac­ri­fices of the Amer­ic­ans and Afghans who have giv­en so much to reach this point and con­tin­ue our work to­geth­er.”

Boehner is ac­com­pan­ied on the trip by Edu­ca­tion and the Work­force Com­mit­tee Chair­man John Kline; Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee Chair­man Doc Hast­ings; Ways and Means Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dave Camp; and Reps. Tom Lath­am of Iowa, Dev­in Nunes of Cali­for­nia, Greg Walden of Ore­gon, and Steve Womack of Arkan­sas.

As part of the trip, the group met with Amer­ic­an troops, as well as with Am­bas­sad­or James B. Cun­ning­ham and Gen. Joseph Dun­ford.


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