The delegation includes Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sean DuffySean DuffyGOP rep: Dems have done nothing to fix ObamaCare CNN host, GOP rep spar over Trump wiretap talk GOP targets Baldwin over Wisconsin VA scandal MORE (R-Wis.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryThe Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan Trump's plan for safe zones in Syria necessary for the civil war's end A guide to the committees: House MORE (R-Neb.), Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), Jim Langevin (R-R.I.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.). Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) is leading the delegation.
The delegation is flying commercial in order to follow BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE's directive that House lawmakers not use military aircraft for transportation while sequestration spending cuts are in effect.
The delegation is separate from one Vice President Biden is leading. Biden's delegation includes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R). Boehner on Thursday declined an invitation to join that delegation.
"I’m pleased Congressman Smith and this bipartisan group of members will join the Vice President in communicating the prayers and warm regards of the American people to Pope Francis as he begins his papacy," Boehner said.
The papal inauguration ceremony is on March 19.
The chaplain for the House of Representatives, Father Patrick Conroy, will also join the congressional delegation.