Special Photo U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall stands with Travis Kim, left, senior executive vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, and Andy Kim, right, vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Both Travis and Andy joined Woodall at a joint meeting of Congress.
As leaders in Washington focused last week on the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, one local congressman played a key role in congressional hearings.
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was able to participate in the questioning during the hearing on the Benghazi attack, which left a U.S. ambassador and others dead.
Woodall, who is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked questions to lay the background on the decision-making involving security at embassy.
"I'd like to thank the three witnesses from the State Department for appearing before the committee," Woodall said Wednesday. "I admire their candor and willingness to help us understand exactly what happened on that fateful day last September. I hope that today's hearing gives Congress and the rest of America a lot more insight into the events leading up to September 11, 2012, as well as the decisions subsequently made by the U.S. government."
Also last week, Woodall hosted a couple of Gwinnettians, during a joint meeting of Congress where the first woman president of the Republic of Korea spoke.
Travis Kim, senior executive vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, and Andy Kim, vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined Woodall at the event.
"Today President Park affirmed that the relationship between the United States and South Korea is the strongest that it has ever been. I look forward to forging ahead as global allies and support our government's commitment to the U.S.-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty, which pledges all necessary means to defend South Korea," Woodall said.
"Maintaining a strong relationship with our friends in South Korea is a top priority for me in Congress," he added. "After all, 7th District constituents, like Travis and Andy, are doing their part through pro-business organizations like the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta to build bridges between American investors and South Korean small- and medium-sized business enterprises. With so many people working to strengthen this partnership -- from our boots on the ground in Georgia to my work in Congress -- our future with South Korea is a bright one."
To hear Woodall discuss his experience at the joint session of Congress as well give his perspective on the ongoing friendship between South Korea and the United States, listen to Radio Korea Atlanta, channel 1610 AM at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday.
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