Jet-setting Congress racks up hefty world travel tab

Not even federal money problems could keep members of Congress from traveling abroad last year.

According to a Halifax Media Group report Sunday, “at least 172 House members – 14 from Florida – spent more than $1.5 million in taxpayer funding on travel in 2012.”

And that doesn’t include undisclosed expenses, such as the cost of using military aircraft to fly these tribunes of the people wherever they’re going, according to the report.

The travel included stops on every continent but Antarctic while including more than 90 countries, according to the report, including such foreign-policy hot spots as Denmark, Ireland and Monaco, the outlet reported.

So Americans wrestling with mortgages, young people paying off student loans, and the unemployed hoping to find work in the Obama economy can rest easy.

Their duly elected representatives are making sure the gambling is good  for the House of Grimaldi, the ale is flowing in Dublin and there’s nothing rotten in the state of Denmark.

“If you think there are members abusing it, there are,” U.S. Rep.Tom Feeney, R-Fla., says in the report, noting he limits his travel to committee research.

But are they great countries, or what?


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