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Roll Call | Congressmen Get Free Travel to Parts of the Ottoman Empire

June 17, 2013
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Congressmen Get Free Travel to Parts of the Ottoman Empire
By Kent Cooper | Roll Call | June 17, 2013



Five members of Congress traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, and Baku, Azerbaijan, for a free weeklong trip at the end of May. The Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians paid for the free trips of Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, and spouse ($19,962); Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas ($13,431); and freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. ($14,173). Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and his spouse went on the trip and the expenses ($24,084) were paid by the Turkish American Federation of Midwest (TAFM). Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., ($9,799) also went on the trip and his expenses ($9,799) were paid by the Council of Turkic American Associations (CTAA).

Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala., and his spouse had a free ($14,725) trip to Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia on 5/23-30, paid for by the Fellowship Foundation (d.b.a. International Foundation).

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., traveled to Oradea, Romania from May 23 to May 27 on a free ($10,091) trip paid by Emanuel University of Oradea.

Update 6/17: Make that six members going to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reported she and her fiance, Manuel Cordova, joined the free trip ($12,692.).


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