Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) visited Iraq today (Sunday) to meet with U.S. and Iraqi officials to assess the political environment and the current security of U.S. forces in Iraq. Congressman Baird is joined by Congressman Lincoln Davis (TN-04) on this Congressional Delegation trip, which includes meetings with military personnel from Tennessee and Washington.
"There's nothing more important Congress does than deciding matters of war and peace," said Congressman Baird. "It was critically important for me to see first-hand what our troops face and to hear from military commanders and Iraqi civilian authorities what they need as the draw down deadline approaches."
While in Iraq, Congressmen Baird and Davis attended a Commanding General's battle assessment update, before meeting with medical personnel at a U.S. combat support hospital to discuss combat mental health issues. Congressmen Baird and Davis, both members of the House Science and Technology Committee, later met with President Massoud Barzani, Prime Minister Barham Salih and members of the Kurdish Regional Government in Irbil to discuss investment opportunities in scientific and environmental projects in the region.
Congressmen Baird and Davis later met to meet with soldiers of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. There, the Congressmen spoke with troops from Tennessee and Washington to hear about their day-to-day operations.
"I have tremendous respect for our troops and the work they're doing in Iraq," Congressman Baird said. "I can think of no more appropriate place to spend Memorial Day Weekend than with our troops."