WaPo: On Africa trip, Air Force One will be crowded for once
Twenty House and Senate members will accompany President Obama on this week's trip to Africa, according to White House officials, the latest sign of the White House's effort to build a closer rapport with Congress.
The group -- which includes 19 Democrats and one Republican, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) -- will be evenly divided between the outbound and return flight. Flake and two of his colleagues on the Senate Foreign Affairs subcommittee on African affairs, ranking member Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), will join seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday night's flight to Nairobi. The Democratic House members include Karen Bass (Calif.), G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Tex.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Charles B. Rangel (N.Y.) and Terri Sewell (Ala.)
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