The Sun Herald, 2/19/9

Mississippi lawmakers are seeing the world this Presidents’ Day break, with Republican Sen. Roger Wicker off on a congressional delegation visit to Israel, Syria and Austria and Democrat Rep. Gene Taylor already back from a visit to Colombia.

Wicker, a new member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined delegation leader Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and six other lawmakers on the seven-day trip that ends Saturday. Another lawmaker, commission co-chairman Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., was to join the group in Vienna.

“The focus of the trip will be on U.S-Israeli bilateral relations, including cooperation in addressing military and security issues, as well as the political and social situation in the Palestinian territories,” the release said.