House Small Business ranking member Nydia Velázquez said a clerical error was to blame for her failure to file reports on foreign travel.
The fourth trip that Velázquez disclosed March 9 was taken in April 2009 and included stops in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Italy. The per diem costs for the 10-day excursion were $5,274. Velázquez spent five nights in Italy following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the country’s central region that killed several hundred people.
Velázquez’s office confirmed its CODEL disclosures are now up to date but declined to discuss any further details of the trips, such as the purpose of the travel or the itineraries.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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