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Ethics Probe Halts Congressional Travel To Turkey; Free Trips Overall Have Slowed

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey -- cold.

The U.S. Senate: A Body in Denial

Meredith McGehee | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Remedial action is necessary if the U.S. Senate has any interest in becoming relevant again to our nation's political discourse. While certainly no cure for what ails the body, a first step toward building back the institution's credibility is to strengthen the Senate's ethics process.

Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really. | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...

Christina Wilkie

Michele Bachmann Takes Secret Trip To Libya, Israel | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of high-profile tea party Republicans are overseas this week on a taxpayer-funded trip to Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Israel, Austria...

Congressman Worried About Spending Takes $19K Flight To Egypt

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

At a time when Washington is extremely concerned about excessive spending, the cost of one congressman's overseas trip has raised eyebrows. Accord...

WaPo: Congressional Staffers Often Travel On Tabs Of Foreign Governments

The Washington Post | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

About a dozen congressional staffers flew business class on a trip to China last summer and stayed at luxury hotels while touring the Great Wall, the ...

Andrea Stone

Roman Holiday: Congressmen And Wives Spending Taxpayer Money For European Trip | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Summer is upon us and that means only one thing in the nation's capital: time for Congress to take a holiday at government expense. F...

Millions In Congressional Travel Costs Unreported

Roll Call | Paul Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of Congress routinely fail to report millions of dollars worth of costs that they are racking up on foreign trips, according to Treasury Depar...

Religious Group Linked To C Street House Paid For More Than $100,000 Of Congressional Trips

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A handful of Members of Congress have accepted more than $100,000 worth of free international travel from the religious organization affiliated with t...

Dem Rep Introduces 'Suspending Travel After Years Of Pleasure Trips On Unwitting Taxpayers Act'

Legistorm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last summer, the Wall Street Journal found the amount of taxpayer funds spent on travel by members of Congress has increased dramatically since strict...

Business Or Pleasure? Foreign Travel Costs Spike For Congress

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawmakers take scores of overseas trips each year to visit military bases, meet foreign officials, attend conferences and see how U.S. funds are spent...

Arthur Delaney

House Travel Spending Is All Over The Map | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The amount of money that members of the House of Representatives spend on all manner of office necessities -- especially travel -- vary widely. Repr...

Congress Orders Private Jets For Lawmakers' Travel

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have cri...

Sam Stein

Top Health Care Companies Spent More Than Half Million On Congressional Trips | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the past eight years, some of the largest and most politically active pharmaceutical and health care companies have spent hundreds of thousands o...

Sam Stein

Big Three Spent Big On Congress Among Its Budget Choices | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The newest critique of the automobile industry came yesterday when members of Congress, weighing the idea of offering the Big Three a $25 billion loan...

Congress Should Travel More Not Less: Applauding the Aspen Institute

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Let me play the contrarian here. We need as many members out seeing the world as possible -- and if they are at a forum debating political Islam...well, fantastic!