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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2009
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Eagle Forum Endorses Rep. Jones' Bill to Bring
Transparency to Taxpayer-Funded Congressional Travel
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading conservative public policy organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, encourages taxpayers to hold their elected officials accountable for the massive pricetags of their frequent and often lavish official overseas trips. Eagle Forum urges American taxpayers to call their Members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 3036, sponsored by Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC).
While some official trips are useful for Members seeking to learn more about a particular political issue, some overseas trips, namely those involving popular vacation spots and resorts at the cost of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, have recently been called into question. H.R. 3036, would simply require that the Department of Defense to provide the costs of these trips made on military aircraft, and that Members of Congress file and disclose these expenses, which will be made available to the public.
"This liberal Congress is already spending our country into massive, generational debt," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Colleen Holmes." "When you add this to the recent luxury jet debacle initially proposed by the Obama Administration, it really is the height of irresponsibility for Members of Congress to jet-set around the globe at taxpayers' expense without disclosing the cost to the public."
"Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent," said Holmes. "Rep. Jones' proposed legislation will keep taxpayers informed and will foster more honest government."
"American families are cutting back on the costs of their own vacations due to the state of the Obama economy, yet Congress' wallet remains bottomless and unchecked," concluded Holmes. "H.R. 3036 will ensure that Members of Congress are held to the same fiscal standards that they preach to their constituents from the House floor."