– Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Betty McCollum are traveling during a congressional recess with a handful of other lawmakers on a government-sponsored trip to Africa to learn about economic issues.

Democrats Franken and McCollum were among those invited on the trip headed by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, the highest ranking Democrat on an African Affairs subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The group will travel to Senegal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Gabon and Cape Verde. Franken's staffers say he plans to meet with Somali refugees in Ethiopia. The Twin Cities is home to the largest Somali-American population in the United States.

The focus will be on economic development and the members will visit renewable energy projects and some health care facilities.