House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule 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.
"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 BlackGOP lawmakers push back against Club for Growth ads on border tax Border tax fight intensifies on Tax Day Dems on offense in gubernatorial races MORE (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoRob Thomas: Anti-Trump celebs have become 'white noise' Congress nears deal on help for miners Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits MORE (R-W.Va.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Kay GrangerKay GrangerRyan transfers record M to House GOP's campaign arm in March A guide to the committees: House Obama released 1M to Palestinians in final hours MORE (R-Texas.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Peter WelchPeter WelchTrump to continue paying ObamaCare subsidies House Democrats call for revoking Kushner’s security clearance Pelosi seeks to unify Dems on ObamaCare fixes MORE (D-Vt.) and Todd YoungTodd YoungRinging the alarm in Congress: 20 million lives at risk due to famine Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Senators introduce new Iran sanctions 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.