An interesting story this past week in The Washington Post details Sen. Harry Reid’s extravagant trip to China this past April. The trip, which included some Republicans, cost the government at least $66,000 worth of per diem and “miscellaneous” expenses. Family members and staff also traveled on the taxpayer’s dime.
It’s no small wonder Congress has single-digit approval ratings – Harry Reid can’t seem to find the time to pass a budget, but he has no problem organizing sightseeing trips to foreign nations.
Not tabulated in the official expense report are the costs of transportation, specifically, the costs of a military jet flying over and back. The Pentagon bills around $10,000 an hour for such planes.
So figure a round trip to China is about 30 hours in the air and the bill for the plane – paid out of a special slush fund for these things – would be about $300,000. And that doesn’t include the various flights within China once the trip started….