One representative attempts to end taxpayer-funded travel
Last summer, the Wall Street Journal found the amount of taxpayer funds spent on travel by members of Congress has increased dramatically since strict rules on privately funded trips were introduced in 2005.
Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-Ill.) introduced the "Suspending Travel After Years of Pleasure Trips on Unwitting Taxpayers Act" – or the STAY-PUT Act – calling for a moratorium on overseas congressional travel unless it can be proven the trip is in the best interests of taxpayers.
In a post about the act, The Orange County Register's online site doesn't give Rep. Johnson much chance of seeing his bill move towards law.
It's not clear the bill will get anywhere – but you can't blame a guy for trying," says the Register's "OC Watchdog" blog.
According to Rep. Johnson's press release, he has never participated in a codel, or congressional delegation, one of the main vehicles for taxpayer-funded travel. LegiStorm's records show he also hasn't taken a privately funded trip since 2003, while none of his staffers have taken any privately funded travel since May of 2008.