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Bright returns from Congressional Delegation to Iraq, Afghanistan

Congressman Bright meeting with American soldiers at Camp Phoenix in Baghdad. Congressman Bright meeting with American soldiers at Camp Phoenix in Baghdad.

WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Congressman Bobby Bright returned from a seven-day Congressional Delegation (CODEL) that made stops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Sponsored by the House Armed Services Committee, Bright traveled with fellow Members of Congress Steven Cohen (D-TN), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Duncan Hunter, Jr. (R-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA). The CODEL was Bright first trip in an official capacity since being sworn into Congress.

"The trip to Iraq and Afghanistan was certainly an eye-opening experience," Bright said. "While I learned a great deal during my time in these countries, the trip also reconfirmed my long-held belief that our soldiers are doing a tremendous job in a hostile situation. It is clear that we have made progress in Iraq, but there is a long way to go before the job is finished and Afghanistan still presents a tremendous challenge to our national security. This CODEL will help me better perform my duties not only as a Member of Congress, but also as a member of the Armed Services Committee."

During the CODEL, Congressman Bright was briefed by General Ray Odierno, who is the commander of Multi National Forces Iraq. He also met with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Rafa'e Al-Essawi as well as American diplomatic officials. Bright also met with U.S. soldiers, including several from Alabama. While in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan, Congressman Bright visited street vendors and children in order to get an on-the-ground perspective from Iraqi and Afghani citizens.

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