July 29, 2015
Press Release

Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding his participation in an upcoming congressional delegation trip to Israel.

“Next week, I will be taking part in the biannual, bipartisan congressional delegation trip to Israel.  I want to thank Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for once again leading this trip for freshman Members of Congress.  It’s going to be a busy week as my colleagues and I participate in a number of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian political leaders, policy experts, entrepreneurs, and social advocates.  As President of the House Democratic Freshman Class, I am looking forward to my first trip to Israel as a Member of Congress.  I previously visited Israel in 2007 with the Jewish Federation as a Member of the California State Assembly.

“I believe it is critical for Members of Congress to learn more about America’s allies.  As a Member of the House Budget Committee, I along with other Democrats have been strong supporters of foreign aid.  I want to make sure American tax dollars are being used wisely.  California’s 33rd Congressional District is also home to companies that have provided significant technology to Israel that has protected Israel from harm.  I look forward to learning more about one of America’s closest allies and gaining a deeper understanding of security challenges in the region, such as the plight of Syrian Civil War victims and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”