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Get a new descriptive for the Blue Dogs, please. The reasons are ample.
But the latest is supremely rich. Get a load of a Wall Street Journal report on a climate-change fact-finding trip by Representative Ross, his wife and a few other members of Congress, aides and spouses. There was snorkeling on the Great Barrier reef. New Year's eve fireworks in New Zealand. An incredibly expensive side trip to Antarctica. A cable car ride through the Australian rain forest. Travel by luxury Air Force jet. A little decompression after their hard fact-finding at the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu.
Tough work, but Mike Ross has to do it and you couldn't expect him to take on such unpleasant duty without his wife (who was charged for meals, not travel or lodging.)
Fiscal conservative my a**.
PS -- Ross still doesn't believe in climate change or that poison-spewing coal-burning power plants have a negative impact on civilization. Maybe a few more fat junkets might change his mind.
UPDATE: Paul Barton reminds us of some previous high-falutin' Ross travel.
- From Paul Barton
WASHINGTON – This weekend’s scoop from The Wall Street Journal that listed Mike Ross and his wife as among congressional couples on a controversial 2008 overseas trip that mixed stops at tourist spots with purported fact-gathering about global warming is not the first time Ross’s Southern Hemisphere tripping has garned attention.
In late 2004, Ross and his wife Holly went on a $28,236 trip to
That trip, however, now pales in comparison to the New Year’s 2008 Southern Hemisphere expedition that The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. This latest trip, which had the avowed purpose of researching global warming at the South Pole, also included some touristy fun along the way and back, the newspaper said, including “diving and snorkeling at the
The newspaper estimated the cost of the trip, including travel provided by the Defense Department, at well more than $600,000. Congressional spending on overseas travel has increased nearly 10-fold since the mid 1990s and is now at least $13 million a year.
An attempt to reach Ross’s press secretary, Brad Howard, was unsuccessful early Sunday night.
Other members of the trip, however, told the newspaper the trip was more valuable “than 100 hearings.”
Ross is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which debated and passed climate-change legislation earlier this year.