Retiring U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., who is one of the chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Brazil, wrapped up a congressional trip to Latin America this week.

Murphy joined U.S. Reps. Mark Green, R-Tenn., Kathleen Rice, D-NY, and Kurt Schrader, D-Oreg., on the trip to Brazil, Paraguay and Panama.

“During the visit, the delegation met with U.S. and foreign government officials to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations, including security and economic opportunities, between the United States and its allies and partners in the region,” Murphy’s office noted.

The delegation met with American diplomats and business leaders in all three nations and met with Mario Abdo Benítez, the president of Paraguay.

Murphy, who served at the Pentagon during President George W. Bush’s administration, stressed the importance of remaining allies with the three nations.

“As autocracies try to project power around the world, we need to reassure our allies of our commitment to democratic ideals,” said Murphy on Wednesday. “I led a bipartisan congressional delegation to meet with our partners in Brazil, Paraguay, and Panama. Our delegation spoke with U.S. and foreign government officials about strengthening our defense and economic relationships, and we conducted oversight of intelligence and special operations activities in the region.”

Kevin Derby
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