20 lawmakers traveling with Obama to Africa

20 lawmakers traveling with Obama to Africa
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Twenty members of Congress will travel with President Obama on his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, the White House announced Thursday. 
 
 
Flake has been an ally of the Obama administration on restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba and is one of a handful of Republicans who are still on the fence about the nuclear deal with Iran. 
 
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Despite the breakdown of Obama's delegation, administration officials have stressed that U.S. policy toward Africa generally enjoys bipartisan support.
 
"President Obama is building on what has been a strong bipartisan tradition of U.S. support for Africa," national security adviser Susan Rice said this week. 
 
Obama departs for Kenya on Thursday night, returning to his father's birthplace for the first time as president. He will headline the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. 
 
He departs for Ethiopia on Sunday, becoming the first sitting president to visit the country. He plans to give a speech to the African Union. 
 
Here is a full list of lawmakers traveling with the president. 
 
Aboard Air Force One for the flight to Kenya:
 
· Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
 
· Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
 
· Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
 
· Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
 
· Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)
 
· Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
 
· Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
 
· Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.)
 
· Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)
 
 
Expected to travel aboard Air Force One on the return flight from Ethiopia:
 
· Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)
 
· Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
 
 
 
 
· Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.)
 
 
· Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.)
 
· Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.)
 
· Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)