– Report: 81 members to visit Israel (Politico, Aug 8, 2011):
Over the three-week recess, 81 members — 55 Republicans and 26 Democrats — will take a trip to the Jewish state, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday. That breaks down to about 20 percent of the House who will spend a week of their August break in Israel.
The first group of visitors, made up of the 26 Democrats and headed by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), is set to arrive Monday. Two Republican delegations will follow, with one of the groups being led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
There are 47 freshmen members scheduled to take the week-long trips, the Jerusalem Post said, and for many it will be their first time in Israel.
The American Israel Education Foundation, a charity group connected with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is sponsoring the visits. The organization brings delegations from Congress to Israel on similar trips every other August.