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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and his bipartisan Congressional delegation continued their tour of South America with a two-day stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The focus of their visit was to discuss ways to strengthen the trade and security partnership between our two countries.

“The United States and Brazil are natural partners,” said Leader McCarthy. “We have the two largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, and we share values like liberty, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. The better that we work together, the better off we’ll be.”

Governor Wilson Witzel, the recently-elected anti-corruption governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, welcomed the CODEL to Guanabara Palace to discuss economic cooperation between the U.S. and Brazil. It also happened to be his wife’s birthday, which the delegation celebrated by serenading her with a special birthday song.

Leader McCarthy and other members of the CODEL observed specialized law enforcement procedures from BOPE, the tactical unit of Rio’s Military Police. These special police operation battalions have extensive experience in urban warfare and have been integral in combating Brazil’s heavily armed drug lords.

At the U.S. consulate in Rio, the delegation was briefed on the public security challenges that Brazil faces, including state gangs, terrorists, and narco-traffickers.

No visit to Rio de Janeiro would be complete without setting eyes on one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Christ the Redeemer. It was a fitting stop just days before Easter Sunday.

For their first stop in South America, Leader McCarthy’s CODEL visited another strategic partner: Argentina. Click here to learn more about that visit.