Lawmakers to join Bush at Pope funeral

April 6, 2005 at 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- A bipartisan congressional delegation is joining President Bush in Rome for Pope John Paul II's funeral.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., will be joined by Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Jim Bunning, R-Ky., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., John Kerry, D-Mass, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Rick Santorum, D-Pa., and Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas will lead 14 Republican and 12 Democratic lawmakers, including , and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., had been scheduled to join the trip but he was hospitalized Tuesday night for a procedure to remove kidney stones and his travel plans are unclear at this time.

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