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

Biden to take last overseas congressional trip

The Vice-president-elect will take a fact-finding trip to Southwest Asia for his final overseas trip as an outgoing senator.

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. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Lindsey Graham is going also? To whom in Asia is he delivering a suitcase of money to?

    January 5, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Beck

    Come on Joe, they need your help in Gaza, we can't just ignore the mess you and Obama are left with and we need to do the right thing for a change.

    January 5, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Stay over there Joe----

    there's nothing for you to do here-VP's don't count and never have.

    January 5, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    How about doing so fact finding in Iraq and Afgan which we haven't had since the beginning of Bush's war and while you're at it bring our troops home.

    January 5, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Proud to be American

    Don't forget Gaza.... it is a shame so many innocent people are dying... that Mr. VP Biden..... is simply wrong.

    January 5, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. My Friends, let me tell you,

    At least Joe knows how to smile.The only time Cheney smiled was when he shot someone in the face.

    January 5, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. JK Ashburn, VA

    Wait a minute, didn't he say during the campaign he knew all the facts and was an expert? I'll bet he's really going in order to scope out hotel accommodations for Hillary when she goes over (plus she'll need to know which way to walk when the shelling and sniper fire start, like they did in Bosnia).

    Obama clearly has no purpose for him here.

    January 5, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Please stay there

    January 5, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. ben, morgantown, wv

    earle from florida, he's going to southWEST asia, not east asia.

    January 5, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. elvera

    Have a safe trip, Mr. Biden. Hurry back, we need you by Mr. Obama's side. You are a great team! I am eagerly waiting for January 20th.

    January 5, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Larry

    Joe the VP,don't let the "door" hit ya in the A$$ on the way out.Don't bother coming back either,we've got enough problems here with out you.

    January 5, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Blue balloons

    One president at a time, remember that, republican whiners?

    January 5, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Scott L

    The scary part is, when BHO is impeached, Biden will become President. Man that is scary. Even scarier is if both of them get wiped out Pelosi becomes President. Holy cow that would be the worst.

    January 5, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Sadie2

    Hey #44=Affirmative Action you are an idiot, just like the current village idiot that is running the country. You only wish Barack Hussein Obama was as stupid as your current President. Moron!!!!

    January 5, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Biden's European Vacation

    Why is the Vice President traveling overseas? This is a pleasure trip

    January 5, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. BGDRAKE

    WHAT A BUNCH OF CHEEZY POLITICIANS! JUST SOME MORE OF THE ENDLESS WASTE OF MONEY AND WITH WHAT PURPOSE/ WE'VE HAD THOUSANDS OF FACT FINDING MISSIONS AND STILL DON't HAVE A CLUE ON HOW TO MAKE ALL OUR FRIENDS AND ENEMIES STOP HATING US, EXCEPT TO SCRAPE THE BOTTOM OF THE AMERICAN GIVE-AWAY BARREL, WHICH WE DID A LONG TIME AGO, AND WHICH OBAMMA WILL FINALLY TRASH THE BARREL.+

    January 5, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. go

    drink some wine with the republicans, find common ground, lord let there be peace and bi-partisanship

    it is a small price to pay for an overseas trip

    January 5, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Josiah Philips

    Finally, a logic trip with perfect timing,now that we have a major war in the middle east i hope that the United States senator will meet with the both parties involved so as to fine a amicable solution to that.and also thru the vortex of economic instability for our best interest.Senator kerry is courageous as Biden ,and determined to talk china current announcement to lower rates,which in turn hurts our dollar.I am hoping that US led senator team succed.

    January 5, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    Please, Lord. Let the birds eat the bread crumbs.

    January 5, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Ola Michael

    Joe Biden has not made a lot of news recently – that good news. He has a good grasp of international affairs and the power of diplomacy. I hope his knowledge and fortitude is put to good use. Best wishes.

    January 5, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Josiah Philips

    Finally, a logic trip with perfect timing,now that we have a major war in the middle east i hope that the United States senator will meet with the both parties involved so as to fine a amicable solution to that.and also thru the vortex of economic instability for our best interest.Senator kerry is courageous as Biden ,and determined to talk down china current announcement to lower rates,which in turn hurts our dollar.I am hoping that US led senator team succed.

    January 5, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Osiris

    What is going on here? That is supposed to be Hilary's job,
    or isn't it?

    January 5, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. DAVE IN CA

    perhaps if the muslim population is unhappy here with the u.s.backing Israel they should hop on a plane and head west to iran and join in on the demonstrations.... i wonder what they would say if someone fired hundreds of rockets into the burroughs that muslims live in in the u.s. would they want to roll over and put a stop to it.......

    January 5, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. voter

    makes sense. collect the information which can be helpful in making policies in the new administration. smart move.

    January 5, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. HC4BO

    Good looking man ...

    January 5, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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