China Paid for Congressional Trip

Monday, 18 Feb 2013 10:12 AM

By Martin Gould

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An 11-day, all-expenses-paid, luxury trip to China for a dozen Congressional staffers was financed by the Beijing government, it was revealed on Monday.

Only two days were spent on items related to national security — the official theme of the trip — with the others taken up by visits to tourist traps such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, the Washington Post reports.

And it was all totally legal as part of a growing trend in which foreign governments sponsor such trips.

The Post says 803 overseas trips were reported by congressional staffers in the six years up to 2011. However, the paper says the actual number is almost certainly higher as only members of Congress and their most senior staffers have to report their trips.

Lawmakers themselves are going on the trips with more frequency, the Post reports.

“The trips highlight inconsistencies in tough ethics rules Congress set for itself,” the paper notes. “Although registered foreign lobbyists can’t buy a $2 cup of coffee for a congressional staffer in Washington, they are allowed to invite, plan and accompany a staffer on a trip costing $10,000 or more.”

The paper highlighted a 2011 trip to Thailand where staffers spent an afternoon at the beach at a resort town frequented by members of the country’s royal family, lunch at a winery and a visit to an elephant preserve.

Editor's Note: Trump Says U.S. Losing Economic Power To China, No Longer A Rich Country

“Most trips to Thailand include a visit to the massage school at Wat Pho and an inexpensive tailor where staffers can buy suits and dresses.” an official in the Thai Embassy’s political section said.

The Post says that China is by far the most frequent sponsor of such trips, responsible for more than one-in-four. Taiwan paid for an additional 100 trips. Other countries that paid for 20 or more such visits include Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Jordan, Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Qatar and Egypt.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

US to Extend Keystone XL Comment Period, Delaying Decision

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:32 PM

The Obama administration said Friday it's extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline - a procedural punt that coul . . .

Clinton Sought GOP Support for Health Care

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 17:00 PM

President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated early in his term that passing a health care overhaul would require a delica . . .

Obama Signs Law Aimed at Barring Iran UN Envoy

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 16:37 PM

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring US visas for UN envoys seen as a threat to American secu . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved