WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 7, 2015) — U.S. Reps. Tim Walz (MN-1) and Betty McCollum (MN-4) are participating in a Congressional delegation trip to China.
The delegation will meet with local Chinese government officials, students, and civil society. The delegation departed Saturday and it will focus on economic growth, national security and cyber security issues, human rights and the reducing carbon pollution.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is leading the delegation.
“Our delegation travels to China seeking to expand cooperation between our nations in advancing economic growth and confronting the climate crisis that threatens our world,” Pelosi said. “Our Members will also seek to engage in constructive dialogue on human rights, cyber threats, and other national security and stability issues of concern.”
Walz is a fifth term Congressman representing southern Minnesota and serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Veteran’s Affairs committees. He also serves on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
After graduating from Chadron State College in Nebraska in 1989, Walz spent a year teaching high school in China as a part of the first government sanctioned American educators to teach in China since the communist takeover through a program at Harvard University.
McCollum has represented Minnesota’s 4th District to include St. Paul and the Eastern Metropolitan area. She services on the Appropriations Committee, and also on the subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.
Other delegation members include U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Budget, who is also a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Member, Agriculture Committee, Rules Committee, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).