WTH???? THIS is crazy!!!
Congressional spending on overseas travel tripled in the last eight years. Critics say some lawmakers have little concern over the price tag or who is footing the bill.
According to congressional travel records, House and Senate members spent 6,910 days overseas in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009, spending a total of $9.4 million.
Mike Thompson (R-Calif.) submitted expenses for a five-day Asian trip in December for $15,943 and listed no countries, no meetings, no names and no purpose of the travel. A month earlier Thompson spent a week in the Middle East -- with no explanation of what taxpayers paid for, just a charge of $10,158.
Members are allotted up to $500 a day for expenses, in addition to their $170,000 salaries, and are also eligible to fly in either business or first class. For a trip to Europe or Asia, that could cost over $10,000 -- when flying coach costs just a few hundred dollars.
ARE YOU KIDDING??? Do YOU think this is OK??? For EITHER side??
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