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12-16-09, 12:38 AM #1
Congress Travels More, Public Pays - Lawmakers Ramp Up Taxpayer-Financed Journeys; Five Days in Scotland.
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Congress Travels More, Public Pays - WSJ.com
EDINBURGH -- The expenses racked up by U.S. lawmakers traveling here for a conference last month included one for the "control room."
Besides rooms for sleeping, the 12 members of the House of Representatives rented their hotel's fireplace-equipped presidential suite and two adjacent rooms. The hotel cleared out the beds and in their place set up a bar, a snack room and office space. The three extra rooms -- stocked with liquor, Coors beer, chips and salsa, sandwiches, Mrs. Fields cookies and York Peppermint Patties -- cost a total of about $1,500 a night. They were rented for five nights.
While in Scotland, the House members toured historic buildings. Some shopped for Scotch whisky and visited the hotel spa. They capped the trip with a dinner at one of the region's finest restaurants, paid for by the legislators, who got $118 daily stipends for meals and incidentals.
Eleven of the 12 legislators then left the five-day conference two days early.
The cost they reported for such travel abroad was $13 million in 2008, a 70% jump from 2005, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records.
Lawmakers don't have to report the cost of domestic travel when the government pays. The $13 million didn't include the expense of flying on Air Force planes, which lawmakers don't have to disclose.
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12-16-09, 10:25 PM #2
But but but... they are important people!Nothing clever here except my zombie defense gun... now where is that darn flashlight...
12-17-09, 12:06 AM #3
I would like the see the bill for their adult entertainment funded by taxpayers ........SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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12-17-09, 05:41 AM #4
Reminds me, I need to hit up wal-mart for chips & salsa. Some of us have budgets to stick to.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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12-18-09, 04:58 AM #5
I gotta put in for some more overtime to pay for their junkets...Nothing clever here except my zombie defense gun... now where is that darn flashlight...
12-18-09, 07:56 AM #6
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