(CNSNews.com) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, met with U.S. Marines in Norway on Wednesday. The Marines are there for cold-weather training and joint military exercises with NATO forces, at NATO's northern flank.
The congressional delegation is there to assure Norway and other European countries of the U.S. commitment to the NATO Alliance. The Americans also urged the Norwegians to boost their NATO defense spending to two percent of Norway's GDP.
Norway is the first stop on the congressional tour.
The delegation also will visit the United Kingdom, Poland and Estonia to "review and discuss evolving security threats facing Europe as well as opportunities for greater economic cooperation," according to the news release from the Speaker's office.
While in the United Kingdom, Ryan will deliver remarks and take questions at an open press event.
Members joining the speaker include House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), and Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.).