US House Speaker John Boehner visits Brazil slum

Juliana Barbassa – AP/Sacramento Bee, 01/09/2012

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner toured Rio de Janeiro shantytown that police have recently seized from drug traffickers as he kicked off a trade-boosting trip to Latin America on Monday.

He leads a seven-member Congressional delegation to the top three U.S. export markets in Latin America, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Joining the Ohio Republican are Reps. Dave Camp of Michigan, Doc Hastings of Washington,John Kline of Minnesota, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Devin Nunes of California and Greg Walden of Oregon. The representatives planned to meet with federal officials in Brasilia on Tuesday.

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