Mar 30, 2015

Leader McCarthy and Congressional Delegation Lay Wreath at the Bardo National Museum

Tunis, Tunisia – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) led a Congressional delegation to Tunisia where they visited and laid a wreath in solidarity with the Tunisian people and in remembrance of the innocent lives that were taken by terrorists during an attack at the Bardo National Museum.

Leader McCarthy also delivered the following remarks at the museum reaffirming the United States’ commitment to standing with free societies against extremists:

“Democracy has many enemies, but it has more friends. That is why we are here today, as friends of Tunisia’s young but important democracy.

“The United States has been a friend of Tunisia for more than two hundred years, and that friendship has never been stronger.

“Inspired and encouraged by the historic achievements of Tunisia since your revolution, my delegation and I had been planning for months to come to Tunis.

“In the wake of the national and international tragedy witnessed here in Tunis last week, it is all the more significant that we are here today.

“On behalf of my delegation and the United States Congress, I want to express condolences to the victims of last week’s terrorist attack and to the people of Tunisia in this time of grief.

“The victims of this attack include tourists from all over the world who came to Tunisia to admire its history and its culture. But the target of the attack was Tunisia itself.

“The radical terrorists who have been waging war against pluralism and democracy in Tunisia are threatened by moderation and tolerance by free societies that embrace diversity and consensus.

“These terrorists are threatened by governments that treat women as equals, that protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, that aspire to build a better future for all of their citizens rather than return to an idealized past.

“The terrorists who are enemies of Tunisia are the enemies of America, too. They are the enemies of all free and civilized nations.

“I therefore want to express America’s solidarity with the Tunisian people. We are here not merely to praise your country’s achievements, but to support its bright future.

“Tunisia’s success is important to North Africa. It is important for Europe. And it is important for the United States of America.

“We are with you. We support you. And the world must not allow the enemies of civilization to prevail here.”

NOTE: Congressional delegation members include:

Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12): Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06): Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee

Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14): Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT): Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations

Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11): Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Diane Black (TN-06): Member of the Committee on Ways and Means and Budget Committee

Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03): Member of the Committee on Ways and Means and the Joint Economic Committee