January 5th, 2009
06:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden to take last overseas congressional trip

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/05/art.getty.biden.waving.jpg caption="The Vice-president-elect will take a fact-finding trip to Southwest Asia for his final overseas trip as an outgoing senator."](CNN) - Vice president-elect Joe Biden will travel to Southwest Asia later this week on his final overseas trip as a sitting member of Congress.

In a statement released today, Biden's office said he was traveling with the bipartisan group in his capacity as outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The purpose of this trip is fact-finding: in the coming months both the Executive and Legislative branches will carefully review U.S. policy toward this region, and the trip will allow its participants to bring current and first-hand information to these reviews," said Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander.

Members participating in the trip include incoming Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, along with Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Biden's office also said the delegation "will make it clear to foreign leaders that they are not there to speak on behalf of the U.S. government, or convey policy positions for the incoming administration." Details of the journey will be released as the trip progresses, for security reasons.

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Can you say junket?

    January 5, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Well one thing you can say about democrats they do go to work. To bad the same can't be said about republicans, and the few who go to work screw up whatever their working on. We can't when/

    January 5, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. PhilV

    Republicans dislike anyone who needs facts, updated facts, any kind of facts. They get by on GUT Feelings.

    Facts,facts, we don't need no stinking facts.

    January 5, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Doing exactly as he stated.... making a trip to observe.. and not dictate policy.... *shrug* Now what is wrong with that? 🙂 I really like Joe Biden... I think he will do a great job as VP!

    January 5, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    Meka.... if the US was receiving incoming fire from a terrorist group in Mexico or Canada day after day after day... we would go in there and bomb them out.... Post Haste!

    No country has shown more restraint that Israel! We have all got to stop humoring these terrorist groups.... they MUST be routed out or there can be NO peace in the world.

    All they know is violence... *sigh* so sadly we have no recourse but to fight fire with fire. I hate that so many innocent people are being killed and mained in the process.... that is the hard part, and I am sure that is why Israel has used so must restraint so far.

    Can't these countries in the Middle East see that these groups are NOT helping them, they are only hurting!?

    The whole world would be there to help them, if those fanatics were not destroying their chance at peace... and Peace on Earth! I hope I am not being naive... but it is how I feel in my heart!

    January 5, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. John E.

    Yes This will comfort the Vice President Elect Biden Since He'll be home (in the United States more cause everyone will want to meet the new President ( Now President Elect Obama ) It will be official wants the Electrol College votes confirms this last election. Yes China controls alot open doors and observing this process Can have many rewards.

    January 5, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Maggie SC

    Stay safe, Joe!!

    January 5, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Paul, Ohio

    Define "Southwest Asia." Is this Afghanistan? Pakistan? India? Saudi Arabia? Israel/Palestine? Iran?

    January 5, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Jan Illinois

    "Hey Joe, Can I call you Joe?' Please give the Bush administration a lift over there Joe. Let's see, there will be Bush, Cheney,Rumsfeld, Rove, Powell, and Rice. Hope that's not any trouble to you Joe, Just make it a one way trip. I hear they have a much different way of dealing with officials who do great harm to their country!! Have a good trip, Joe.

    January 5, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Mike Payton - New Boston, Ohio

    Joe Biden is going to make a great Vice-President. He is bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the new administration.

    January 5, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Dan


    January 5, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. JOHN

    It will help!

    January 5, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. Roger KC

    Maybe he cxan take Bush along and the two can get lost in some rainforest jungle.

    January 5, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. TCM

    "...Joe Biden is going to make a great Vice-President. He is bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the new administration..."

    YOU'RE KIDDING RIGHT? Perhaps he'll bring some original material along too...no, wait...he'll plagerize that as well....maybe he'll go to the local diner for some coffee, and write a memory or two...you know, the diner he mentioned in his debate...oops..forgot that it's been closed for 30yrs, Joe? He's a loser just like OBama...can't you libs recall the ONLY true thing he's said? "....Senator OBama doesn't have the leadership ability to run this country...."

    Now, his "morals," and "self respect," have led him to be an "Uncle Joe..." what a freaking circus you libs have installed!

    January 5, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. Dean, Washington State

    Joe, you will be in my prayers through this whole administration sir. God Bless you and your loved ones. Also, this is a kijnd of reply to the third guy down from the top who commented on this article...Paul from Ohio, please read the last sentence in the article sir. Here, I'll post it for you.

    " Details of the journey will be released as the trip progresses, for security reasons. " <- this is why they stated Southwest Asia. 🙂

    January 5, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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