The party in charge of Congress changed, but the appetite for freebies apparently didn’t. Despite new House restrictions on travel paid by lobbyists, lawmakers have accepted nearly $1.9 million worth of free trips this year, more than all of last year, USA Today reported. Part of the reason for the increase is that last year’s total was low because lawmakers were worried about what voters would think about the free trips. There is also an exception in the new travel restrictions that allows lawmakers to accept free trips for stays of only one or two nights. USA Today reported that 22 House Democrats and three Republicans accepted nearly $40,000 in travel under that exception.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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