A Five-Day Boondoggle

Why in the world should the American taxpayers be footing the bill for the Speaker of the House and five members of a House committee to travel to China? People may disagree about Speaker Pelosi’s musings on climate change and the need for Americans to subject every aspect of their lives to an “inventory” so as to cut back on their carbon footprint, but I imagine there is broad consensus for the notion that sending the Speaker to China for a five-day junket is a wasteful expenditure of federal funds. At a time when so many Americans are losing their jobs and tightening their belts, can’t members of Congress endure just a little belt-tightening of their own?

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