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Speaker Hastert Heading to Europe

March 23, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Tuesday announced plans to lead a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers on a trip to Germany, Lithuania, England and Ireland during a congressional recess that begins at the end of this week.

In a written statement, Hastert said the group will meet with leaders in all four countries on the trip.

The group, eight Republicans and four Democrats, will leave Washington Friday.

House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt will travel to India and Europe as head of a separate group of lawmakers.

That group will visit Italy and the Czech Republic as well as India, on a trip that will begin March 28.

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