House lawmakers flying commercial to papal inauguration

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The delegation includes Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sean DuffySean DuffyBehind the scenes on Day 2 of the Republican convention Dozens of GOP lawmakers staying away from Trump's convention Leaders appoint allies, adversaries to Puerto Rico growth task force MORE (R-Wis.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryConscience rights under threat in US Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Energy: Senate Dems block energy, water bill a third time 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 BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' 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.


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