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Posted at 4:13 p.m. on April 26, 2013
UPDATED 4/27: This posting has been updated to add four more persons on the trip and corresponding expenses.
The sixteen person House Congressional delegation that went to Rome, Italy in March for the installation Mass of Pope Francis cost the House of Representatives more than $60,000. The travel report for this delegation was the first to be filed after Speaker John Boehner adopted a policy of only approving delegation trips that use commercial air travel rather than military transportation, while sequestration is in effect.
One of the results was that the travel report (page one, page two) for this trip disclosed transportation costs, as opposed to earlier travel reports that indicated military transportation was provided by showing “MIL AIR” and no dollar amounts. This travel report for March 18-20 showed $62,891 in total cost, including $32,768 for transportation and $30,123 for per diem.
Those in the delegation included Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), James Langevin (D-R.I.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). It also included House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest; Janice Robinson, Director of Interparliamentary Affairs; David Schnittger, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker; Catlin O’Neill, Office of the Democratic Leader; Bridget Charville, Office of the Democratic Leader; David Adams, Office of Rep. Langevin; and Timothy Dupuis, Office of Rep. Langevin.
All delegation and standing committees of the House must file their first quarter travel reports by the end of this month. If travel costs are shown, expect larger overall totals.
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