GOP leader Cantor to take delegation to France, Middle East

House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorThree strategies to help Clinton build 'Team of Teams' David Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE will lead a congressional delegation to France and the Middle East, his office announced Thursday. 

"This trip will provide a critical opportunity for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to consult with some of our nation’s key partners across the Middle East and Europe," Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement. The delegation will leave in the "coming week."

Cantor said lawmakers on the trip will be focused on Iran and its nuclear-weapons program.

ADVERTISEMENT
"I look forward to discussing a wide range of issues, including the very concerning threat posed to the entire world by Iran's continuing support for terrorism and its pursuit of nuclear capability," Cantor said.

"By visiting this critical region at a time of such significance, we will be better informed to work together to address our concerns with Iran, the pressing threats of terrorism, regional instability and political transition and the global economic crisis."

Members on the delegation will include Reps. Diane BlackDiane BlackHouse approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers Conscience rights under threat in US HHS chief meets with House Republicans on abortion dispute MORE (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoWeek ahead: Clinton, Dems to tout green agenda at convention Company announces closure of Ohio coal plants Why regulations were a convenient target at the GOP convention MORE (R-W.Va.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Kay GrangerKay GrangerGOP divided over 0M for climate fund GOP votes down funding for global climate fund Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left MORE (R-Texas.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Peter WelchPeter WelchDems vow to keep heat on GOP over guns Can Congress tackle chronic illness in Medicare patients? Defiant Sanders tells supporters: 'You can beat the establishment' MORE (D-Vt.) and Todd YoungTodd YoungKoch network super-PAC launches first ad buy in Indiana The Trail 2016: The newrevolution begins Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security MORE (R-Ind.).

Cantor's announcement comes a week after President Obama signed into law new sanctions on Iran as part of his 2012 defense authorization bill. The Treasury Department also announced Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner would travel to China and Japan to encourage China to support new sanctions on Iran.

Pressure is also coming from Europe. Reuters reported on Wednesday that countries in the European Union are on the verge of imposing an embargo on Iranian oil imports, a move that would be devastating for Iran's economy.

More in News

Sunday shows preview: Turkey, France, Pence and the GOP convention

Read more »