The delegation includes Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sean DuffySean DuffyYellen defends Fed from Trump attacks Google backs Obama's internet transition plan House panel votes to hold fetal tissue company in contempt MORE (R-Wis.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryPence rallies GOP before final stretch Pence to House GOP: Trump needs your help Week ahead: GOP ready to pounce after ObamaCare's bad summer 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 Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare 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.