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    Tracking Your Taxes: Taxpayers Pay for Congressional Travel to Exotic Lands

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    Many Americans hit hard by the recession have been trading their annual family getaways for summer "stay-cations." But the economy apparently has done little to ground members of Congress.

    Iraq and Afghanistan may be frequent destinations for lawmakers, but they pale in comparison to the more exotic places they've traveled, like Ireland, Switzerland and China.

    Lawmakers defend their travel, saying missions like these are important to share valuable intelligence and build relations.

    But Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) says some members of Congress take a spendthrift attitude about travel -- because it's not on their dime.

    "I think the let-them-eat-cake mentality that many of us, many members have adopted in both the House and Senate is just not acceptable to the American people," Johnson said.

    But that isn't reflected in the numbers. Congressional spending on overseas travel tripled in the last eight years, and has jumped 50 percent since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.

    Wow there is a surprise since the Democrat have taken over travel has jumped up by 50% hmm so would anyone one on the Left care to explain this and are you willing to step up to the plate and call them out on it.

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    Re: Tracking Your Taxes: Taxpayers Pay for Congressional Travel to Exotic Lands

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Tracking Your Taxes: Taxpayers Pay for Congressional Travel to Exotic Lands - Political News - FOXNews.com

    Many Americans hit hard by the recession have been trading their annual family getaways for summer "stay-cations." But the economy apparently has done little to ground members of Congress.

    Iraq and Afghanistan may be frequent destinations for lawmakers, but they pale in comparison to the more exotic places they've traveled, like Ireland, Switzerland and China.

    Lawmakers defend their travel, saying missions like these are important to share valuable intelligence and build relations.

    But Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) says some members of Congress take a spendthrift attitude about travel -- because it's not on their dime.

    "I think the let-them-eat-cake mentality that many of us, many members have adopted in both the House and Senate is just not acceptable to the American people," Johnson said.

    But that isn't reflected in the numbers. Congressional spending on overseas travel tripled in the last eight years, and has jumped 50 percent since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago.
    I think that these trips to foreign countries ARE necessary to some extent. It's very difficult to actually measure whether they are just vacations or whether the congressman is actually involved in diplomacy, fact-finding, building relationships, etc.

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    Wow there is a surprise since the Democrat have taken over travel has jumped up by 50% hmm so would anyone one on the Left care to explain this and are you willing to step up to the plate and call them out on it.
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    Re: Tracking Your Taxes: Taxpayers Pay for Congressional Travel to Exotic Lands

    Charlie, "I'm too big-a-candy ass to hold a town hall", Melancon went to Australia wit his old lady.

    US pollies hit Australia on '$590K trip'
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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