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."