WASHINGTON, May 7 -

Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, Congressman Israel and I asked Speaker Boehner to invite President Park Geun Hye, South Korea's first female president, to address a Joint Session of Congress.

Tomorrow, we officially welcome her here in this Chamber.

Her visit is important to both of our nations, but also to my district in Texas where a vibrant and engaged Korean American community lives in Spring Branch and Houston.

In stark contrast to its neighbor to the North led by media-hungry dictator, Junior,--South Korea shines as a beacon democracy and freedom.

South Korea is also an important trading partner--America's 7th largest--and with the implementation of our Free Trade Agreement, our trade relations will only get better.

Tomorrow, we celebrate our friendship and partnership, or as President Park recently said: ``the most successful alliance in history.''

I couldn't agree more.

America is here to help South Korea, as they are here to help us. That's what friends do for each other.

And that's just the way it is.