Reid Leads Contingent to Latin America During Break

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and six other senators left today on a trip to Latin America.

The Nevada Democrat and his colleagues are scheduled to visit Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Paraguay in an effort to
strengthen ties to the region.

Plans call for them to meet with the presidents of Guatemala, Colombia, Paraguay and Mexico, as well as key labor and trade officials.

The senators plan to address trade, immigration, anti-drug and human rights issues during their meetings.

Joining Reid on the trip are four Democratic senators and two Republican senators.

Reid plans to return December 2nd, two days before the Senate returns from Thanksgiving break.

Reid spokesman Jon Summers says the trip marks Reid's second trip to the region as Senate majority leader. Reid visited other South American countries last December.

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