Brody Mullins and T.W. Farnam in The Wall Street Journal in July 2009 wrote the following:
- Spending on overseas increased almost tenfold since 1995
- 2008 overseas travel cost $13 million
- “The Air Force maintains a fleet of 16 passenger planes for use by lawmakers.”
To read the entire article, click on Congress’s Travel Tab Swells.
Paul Singer in Roll Call in June 2010 wrote the following:
- The government has spent $110.5 million since 2001 on Congressional foreign travel
- “That is $30 million to $40 million more than Congress detailed in routine reports published in the Congressional Record on foreign travel expenditures”
- “The amount disclosed by Congress in its public reports is far below the actual costs reported by the Treasury Department, and the total spent on foreign travel has skyrocketed in the past decade.”
To read the entire article, click on Millions in Travel Costs Unreported.
Kathy Kristof in The Fiscal Times in August 2010 wrote the following:
- When members of Congress fly on military jets, the cost is not recorded
- Members of Congress receive free parking, free travel to Washington, D.C. from their home district, and subsidized daycare.
To read the entire article, click on Congress: Living High on the Backs of Taxpayers.
For a list of all travel and meals for every U.S. Congressmen by calendar quarter, click on Statement of Disbursements of the House.
For an annual list of members of Congress who violated the law or ignored Congressional rules, click on CREW’s Most Corrupt.
For a chart of each Senator’s transportation costs for the first half of 2009, click on Chart: Senate office transportation costs.