MORÓN, SPAIN—U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) today kicked off a week-long bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to the Middle East. The delegation will focus on regional stability, the campaign against ISIS and terrorism, and Iranian aggression. Speaker Ryan is joined by Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Scott Taylor (R-VA).
The CODEL first made a refueling stop at Morón Air Base in Morón, Spain, where they met with members of the U.S. military and received a mission briefing from the Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Africa. The task force was deployed in response to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
More stops will be announced in the coming days.
This trip marks the third international CODEL Speaker Ryan has led since assuming the speakership.