House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took a bipartisan congressional delegation to Italy Friday, including three fellow Democrats and one Republican.
Pelosi said she was invited by the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Italian unification.
The delegation plans to visit with American troops stationed in Italy and will be briefed on military support operations in Africa and South Asia, according to her aides.
"Our shared history and culture only serve to strengthen the U.S.-Italy alliance in this new century, and through the Italian-American community, there are literally millions of bridges between our two nations,” Pelosi said.
Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Leonard Boswell of Iowa, and Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, accompanied Pelosi on the trip along with the sole Republican, Rep. John Mica of Florida.