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August 10, 2009
Lavish 'climate change' junket for House members (updated)
How better to fight "climate change" than fly an executive version of the Boeing 737 all over the world taking ten House members (and six spouses) on a lavish vacation/study tour. And, yes, most of the group were Democrats. Brody Mulllins and T.W. Farnum report on the front page of today's Wall Street Journal: (hat tip: Cheryl Jacobs Lewin)
The Journal is dragging this information out of Congress, and is estimating the total cost, including use of military aircraft, at half a million dollars. The list of junket participants includes:
Rep. Baird - still a Congressman Brian Baird, D, Washington state
Rep. Lucas - still a Congressman- Frank Lucas, R, Kentucky
Rep. Ross - still a Congressman- Mike Ross-D- Arkanas (one of the heads of blue dogs)
Rep. Carnahan - still a Congressman- Russ Carnahan, D- Missouri -- now running for open US senate seat.
Rep. Melancon - still a Congressman- Charlie Melancon, D- Louisiana - now running for Senate against David Vitter
Rep. Tanner - still a Congressman- John Tanner , Tennessee
Rep. Neugebauer - still a Congressman- Randy Neugebauer, R, Texas
Rep. Inglis - still a Congressman- Bob Inglis, R, South Carolina
Rep. Sanchez - still a Congressman- there are two, so either Linda or Loretta Sanchez, both from California, both Dems (update: Loretta)
Rep. Smith - still a Congressman-there are 3, so not sure which. (Update: Adrian Smith - R)
So, just how big was the "carbon footprint" for this trip of a lifetime?
Update: Public revulsion at the way Congress treats itself at our expense is growing. This is a populist issue. Mullins and Farnum report that opposition to Congress's jet-buying spree is emerging in Congress: (hat tip: Richard Baehr)
The resistance to buying eight Gulfstream and Boeing planes comes as members of both chambers of Congress embark on the busiest month of the year for official overseas travel. The plan to upgrade the fleet of government jets, which was included in a broader defense-funding bill, has also sparked criticism from the Pentagon, which has said it doesn't need half of the new jets.
The Obama administration had sought $220 million to buy four passenger jets, including two that are currently being leased by the Air Force, to replace a fleet of older planes. Before leaving town for the August break, House lawmakers doubled the aircraft order to eight, at a total cost of $550 million.