Pelosi Leads Congressional Delegation to Cuba

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation trip to Cuba.  The delegation arrives today and is the first official House of Representatives delegation trip to the country since President Obama announced the change in U.S. policy toward the island nation in December.

“This delegation travels to Cuba in friendship and to build upon the announcement of U.S. normalization of relations and other initiatives announced by President Obama,” Pelosi said.  “This delegation will work to advance the U.S.-Cuba relationship and build on the work done by many in the Congress over the years, especially with respect to agriculture and trade.”

The delegation will meet with Cuban government officials, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, local community leaders and representatives, and American officials at the U.S. Interests Section.

In addition to Leader Pelosi, the members of the delegation are:

  • Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Co-Chair, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
  • Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Ranking Member, Agriculture Committee
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member, Small Business Committee
  • Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Member, Agriculture Committee
  • Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee; Member, Appropriations Committee
  • Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Member, Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee