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Reported CODEL Costs Fell Last Year

In the Senate, the most expensive quarterly travel report was filed by the Foreign Relations Committee for trips taken during the first quarter of last year.

From January to March, its Senators and their staffers traveled to Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Chile, Sudan, Japan, Egypt and Tunisia, among other

The drop in Treasury Department funds spent on Congressional travel comes at a time when the amount that private groups spend on Congressional travel is rapidly increasing.

As Roll Call reported in January, private organizations spent almost $6 million sending Members of Congress and their staffers on trips last year, a nearly $2.5 million increase from 2010 and more than in any year since Congress tightened its restrictions on outside groups paying for travel in 2007.

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