Pelosi, 16 House Democrats to join Obama trip to Cuba

Pelosi, 16 House Democrats to join Obama trip to Cuba

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Nancy Pelosi, who went to Cuba in 2014, will return to the Caribbean country for a trip with President Obama and other members of the House and Senate. | AP Photo

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 16 other House Democrats will join President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba this month.

Obama will be the first president to visit Cuba in 88 years, and the trip is a symbolic next chapter in his attempts to normalize relations with the country.

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The House members will attend along with several senators who previously announced they will make the March 20-22 trip.

The House delegation includes Reps. Karen Bass, Cheri Bustos, Sam Farr, Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Lee, Charles Rangel, Kathy Castor, David Cicilline, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Alan Lowenthal, Jim McGovern and Lucille Roybal-Allard. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California will also travel to Cuba along with Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar, from Minnesota, Dick Durbin, from Illinois, Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, and Tom Udall, of New Mexico are slated to join the trip. Sen. Jeff Flake(R-Ariz.), who has been a leading advocate for normalizing relations with Cuba, will also attend. Additional House Republicans may also join.

Pelosi previously led the first official House delegation trip to the country after Obama announced the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014.

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