House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take a break from the tax cut wars Friday to head to Oslo, Norway, for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
He was sentenced to 11 years in jail last year for "inciting subversion of state power” after authoring an online petition by Chinese citizens urging the Chinese government to ease its stands on democracy and human rights. He remains imprisoned.
Pelosi has long been active in promoting human rights in China and Tibet. She had visited China last May and sought the release of Liu Xiaobo and others.
Next week, though, it's back to Congress. The Senate is expected to consider the tax cut bill, which extends all Bush-era cuts for two years, first, and the House of Representatives is expected to take it up early next week.