Today, Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Ted Poe (R-TX) called on House Speaker John Boehner to invite Korean President Park Geun-hye to address a formal Joint Meeting of Congress during her first official visit to Washington, D.C. next month. President Park's election represents an historic moment for the Republic of Korea, as she is the first female president.
Rep. Israel said, "President Park's visit is a unique opportunity for Congress to recognize the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea. With President Park's recent election, we expect this relationship to only strengthen, and we look forward to her leadership. I urge Speaker Boehner to invite President Park to address a Joint Meeting of Congress."
Rep. Poe said, "All the bluster coming out of North Korea reminds us of how good an ally we have in South Korea. As the leader of a democracy that shares our values and the first woman head of state in all of East Asia, an address before Congress will appropriately mark President Park Geun-hye's historic election. I urge Speaker Boehner to seize this perfect opportunity to reaffirm the alliance between the United States and South Korea."