Lawmakers' trips south of the border

May 5, 2010

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

According to the website Legistorm, which tracks Congressional salaries, trips and gifts, over the last 10 years members of Congress or their staffs have made 244 trips to Mexico costing nearly $883,000. Republicans approved about one-quarter of these trips with Democrats approving the rest.

Legistorm helpfully denotes trips to a “tropical paradise” with a palm tree marker (“take me away to margaritaville …”). Punta Mita, Mexico is a popular destination — 62 of the 244 trips (25 percent) in the last 10 years have been to this tropical paradise. All of those were for conferences hosted by the Aspen Institute. 14 were to Puerto Vallarta.

Mexico is the 13th most popular country of destination for Congress and its staffers.

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