WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; and member of the Subcommittee on Defense – traveled last week to Eastern Europe where he and Senate colleagues met with U.S. Diplomats and foreign officials on issues including national security, continued Russian aggression and ongoing counterterrorism and intelligence efforts.
“Alongside my Senate colleagues in Europe, I had the privilege to visit with and learn from our country’s men and women working to promote U.S. diplomacy abroad,” said Sen. Moran. “I consulted with elected officials, U.S. State Department personnel and foreign leaders about a number of important strategic interests to the United States and I thanked them for their service to our country and their work to keep us safe. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this visit was important to better understand how taxpayer funding is being utilized to accomplish strategic objectives abroad.”
“In Chisinau, Moldova, I met with the Moldovan Speaker, members of Parliament and U.S. Embassy personnel on topics ranging from Russian aggression, the importance of increasing U.S. exports abroad and resource needs,” continued Sen. Moran. “In Vienna, the delegation met with U.S. State Department embassy staff and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Legal Attaché on issues such as ongoing counterterrorism efforts, the growing prevalence of cybercrime and other law enforcement-related matters. Our last stop in Europe was Tallinn, Estonia, where U.S. Embassy staff discussed Russian aggression, the U.S. and Estonia’s military cooperation, collaboration and continued commitment, the Department of Commerce’s recent efforts to stop the proliferation of certain dangerous products and the FBI’s role in promoting U.S. security abroad. Defending our nation necessitates an increased focus on cybersecurity and election protection and, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the FBI, the discussions I had in Europe will help inform my work in Washington, D.C. on these serious issues.”