The Wall Street Journal has a report dripping with details of the increase in taxpayer-funded Congressional travel. The article revolves around a high-end trip to Scotland for a five day conference in Edinburgh, where 12 legislators, some with spouses, wined and dined and shopped in style. Military attaches carry luggage and shop for single malt scotch for the represenatives, who traveled on Air Force jets.
Besides rooms for sleeping, the 12 members of the House of
Representatives rented their hotel's fireplace-equipped presidential
suite and two adjacent rooms. The hotel cleared out the beds and in
their place set up a bar, a snack room and office space. The three
extra rooms -- stocked with liquor, Coors beer, chips and salsa,
sandwiches, Mrs. Fields cookies and York Peppermint Patties -- cost a
total of about $1,500 a night. They were rented for five nights.
While in Scotland, the House members toured historic buildings. Some
shopped for Scotch whisky and visited the hotel spa. They capped the
trip with a dinner at one of the region's finest restaurants, paid for
by the legislators, who got $118 daily stipends for meals and
Eleven of the 12 legislators then left the five-day conference two days early.