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Million-dollar Congressional Trip


How will they negotiate a climate treaty,
if they can't get a better deal on hotel rooms?

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25 Jan 10 - CBS News Investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson exposes how much it cost to send more than 100 members of the House and Senate to the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

"For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each," says Attkisson. "That's $2,200 a day - more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment."

"Pelosi's office did offer an explanation for the high room charges," says Attkisson. "Those who stayed just two nights were charged a six-night minimum at the five-star Marriott. One staffer said, they strongly objected to no avail. You may ask how they'll negotiate a climate treaty, if they can't get a better deal on hotel rooms."

Add it all up; hotel rooms, meeting rooms and "a couple" of $1,000-a-night hospitality suites, airfares at $5,000 to 10,000 each, toss in three military jets, and the bill tops $1.1 million dollars, says Attkisson. This does not include the more than 60 Obama administration officials who attended. (Nor does it include the various governors and mayors who attended.)

See Attkisson video here
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6140711n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

See entire article (including a list of attendees):
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/01/25/cbsnews_investigates/main6140406.shtml
Thanks to Joe Herr for this link

See earlier CBS report on the
Copenhagen Congressional Junket

Read the Congressional Expense Report

 

 



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