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The delegation includes Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sean DuffySean DuffyFlood insurance overhaul is progressing in House Puerto Rico statehood bid a total failure GOP rep dismisses Mueller probe: 'What the hell are we investigating?' MORE (R-Wis.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberrySecurity fears grow on both sides of aisle VA eyes building closures to boost care under Trump Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount 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 BoehnerJuan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report The new dealmaking in Congress reveals an old truth: majority wins 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.