GOP House to no longer disclose lavish foreign trips paid by special interests

In a stunning reversal after three decades of public reporting, the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives will no longer require members of Congress to disclose lavish foreign trips paid for by special interests.

For three decades, the House has publicly disclosed such travel. That rule has now changed under John Boehner, according to a report from National Journal.

This news comes as Congress reportedly took more free trips last year than it has since the Abramoff days, with 1,187 gift-trips at a cost of $6 million.

National Journal ads that while lobbyists have not been able to sponsor these trips since 2007, the groups who do sponsor them are “tied closely” to lobbyists.

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Only the little people pay for their own foreign travel.

Perhaps it’s time someone asked Aaron Schock who’s footing the bill for his seemingly endless jaunts around the country and world.  And in fact, I just downloaded the last reports, before they got banned by Boehner, and Aaron Schock got a trip to India paid for by special interests last year, and trips to Cuba and Turkey paid for in 2012, Spain in 2011, Ethiopia in 2010, and Israel in 2009.

And Schock is a relatively junior member. Imagine what the big boys and girls get.

If you have some time to kill, head over to the US House Web site and check out who’s been getting free travel to where.  When you look at the records, keep in mind that the first name is the person who traveled, and the second name is the office they’re with.  So for members of Congress, you want both names to be their name.

Understandably, Melanie Sloan over at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) was less than thrilled:

“Removing the travel disclosure requirement from the annual disclosure form is a blatant attempt to avoid accountability. The only Americans who would possibly be in favor of this change are members of Congress. It seems some lawmakers are eager to enjoy privately funded lavish trips without facing pesky questions from watchdog groups and constituents. The idea that this is a change for efficiency’s sake is ludicrous.”


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    Jeebus forgives…and apparently, so do their constituents.

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    They are not even trying to hide their deceit any more.

  • Thom Allen

    I think that’s for show. Most of them get funded by the RNCC, conservative billionaires or conservative super PACs. They just do the occasional photo op hugging babies in Olathe, Kansas before jetting off to Hong Knog.

  • nicho

    Don’t forget raising money. That takes up most of their time.

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    Austerity is for little people.

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    Nero fiddled…

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    Um, whatever happened to ‘austerity’?

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    When Nancy Pelosi comes out against it, they may just be in trouble. She said she knew nothing about it. It was done behind closed doors with both Reps and Dems! Halperin bets 100% it will be reversed. we’ll see………….

  • Thom Allen

    They only work around 150 days per year. Most of that sitting around voting to repeal Obamacare, “investigating” fake scandals, grandstanding and the like. Leaves for a lot of free time so, of course, they’d want to take lavish and free vacations – uh, go on fact-finding missions.

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    He also takes lavish trips surrounded by attractive “young” dudes; the always seem to be around him. Yet he is viciously anti-gay.

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    Every newspaper in every district of every representative—Republican or Democrat–needs to ask for this information.

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    They really don’t Sis and I have to think that the rubes who vote for them do not either. And they know it. Just whip a little jesus and traditional values B.S. on them and they can take all they want

  • Indigo

    Lavish living is no fun when the jealous hoi palloi are snooping through the budget reports.

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    Ethics for these scoundrels is something to rationalize away. After all , they don’t work for us.

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    No surprise. Next week, they make hookers legal for GOP congressmen. Makes total sense.

  • KarenJ

    Aaron Jon Schock is the United States Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Peoria and includes part of Springfield. Wikipedia
    Born: May 28, 1981 (age 33), Morris, MN
    Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

    He’s a little shrimp, like John McCain. “Small man syndrome”? I guess the lack of ethics follows…

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m surprised they even care that their rampant graft, bribery, and corruption becomes known publicly. They have no shame to begin with.

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    His sugar daddy pays for it all. Maybe he helps that one NARTH guy with his luggage on occassion.

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    Shock doesn’t look like that anymore now that he is balding in front. Please update that pic to a balding one.

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    Disclosing hasn’t done any good anyway. Even the Supreme Court Justices are allowed to take lavish vacations at the expense of people with business before the court. This is our new normal. Our entire political system is completely corrupt and we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it.

  • angryspittle

    Sooo……. it is just a great big fuck you to all of us. Fuck you, we do whatever the fuck we want. Fuck you if you think you can do a anything about it. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, America.

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