Pelosi to lead Democratic delegation to Israel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with ten House Democrats, to visit Israel and Jordan.

Elad Benari ,

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Saturday that she will lead a delegation of Democrats to the Middle East, with stops in Israel and Jordan.

Ten House Democrats will accompany Pelosi on the trip, which will focus on "global and regional security and cooperation issues," according to a statement from her office quoted by Politico.

“Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“In Jordan, our delegation travels at a vital time in the U.S. relationship with this key ally. Members are particularly interested in reviewing the Syrian refugee and humanitarian challenges as well as addressing other critical challenges facing the region,” she added.

The visit comes as Congress kicks off a two-week Easter and Passover recess after passing a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.

The bill included the Taylor Force Act, which would cut United States funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it continues its practice of paying terrorists and their families.

Joining Pelosi on her trip will be Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, as will Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), another member of the panel. Other members on the trip include Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Katherine Clark (D-MA).

Freshmen Reps. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) will also take part, noted Politico.

The U.S. and Jordan recently signed an agreement boosting annual U.S. aid to the country. In January, the U.S. delivered two Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan, a move aimed at helping protect the kingdom's borders and counter the threat from Islamist terrorists.

They were the last batch of 12 Black Hawks delivered to Jordan since March 2017. In March of 2016, Jordan received eight Black Hawks from Washington.