Congressional travel derided as junkets back on the rise

Taxpayers saved on travel expenditures during the pandemic as Congress significantly ramped down its international bills —  but all those visits are back at a immediate clip.

In the latest times senators and reps lifted off for Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates and numerous stops in Africa. 

Initially-course industrial airfare and accommodations for congressional representatives and their staff for formal travel is covered by the Treasury Office, with just about no restrictions. Individuals payments trickled to about $1.3 million in fiscal 12 months 2021 — but ballooned back again to practically $15 million final year.

That does not account for the hundreds of visits for which the military supplies transportation the costs of making use of navy plane are never ever disclosed.