Some members of Congress didn’t stick around Washington during the cold month of February, but they found better places to be on free trips to foreign lands.
The big free trips during February included eleven members on the trip to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation. Another nineteen went to Cartagena, Colombia, with expenses paid by the Aspen Institute, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other members went to Japan, Australia, and Belgium. The trip to Australia for one member and his spouse was worth almost $50,000.
Family members also traveled free. Seventeen members of Congress took spouses along. Two members took their children. Another took their mother-in-law, all without cost to them.
The American Israel Education Foundation covered the expenses for the educational seminar trip to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Tiberias, Israel for Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., $23,982 (including mother-in-law); Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., $12,248; Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., $12,529; Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, $10,823; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, $18,987 (including son); Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. $21,781 (including son); Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., $11,288; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., $20,886 (includes spouse); Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., $22,503 (including spouse); Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., $23,177 (includes spouse); Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., $22,800 (including spouse).