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Campus Notebook: Idahoans in Africa highlight congressional travel

The latest travelogue and interesting disclosures

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo, left, and James Risch  traveled to a well-known national park in Mozambique. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

This week’s Campus Notebook highlights senators who recently jetted off to Mozambique, Israel and France and a staffer who sold a bunch of stocks, including from the tech industry. 

Idahoans in Africa: Sen. Mike Crapo and his wife Susan joined Sen. Jim Risch and his wife Vicki for a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa and Mozambique. Crapo and his wife’s trip, paid for by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, cost $14,113. Risch and his wife’s trip, paid for by the same group, cost $13,758.

The trip was from Aug. 19-28.  Crapo’s disclosure form notes that they took business class flights to and from Johannesburg and a charter direct flight to Gorongosa National Park “for time and safety reasons.”

Gorongosa National Park’s website says it is one of the “world’s greatest places 2019--Time Magazine.” The trip by the Idaho Republicans is described as an effort to learn about the impact of U.S. investment in conservation on poverty alleviation, sustainable economic development and regional security. 

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Israel bound: Sen. Jacky Rosen, along with her husband Larry, traveled to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel, paid for by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange, from Sep. 1-8.

The Nevada Democrat and her husband’s trip cost approximately $11,540. The trip is described as an educational seminar to meet with experts to learn about issues relevant to Israel and the region. 

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1: Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., heads to the Senate floor for votes on a two-year budget and debt ceiling deal on Thursday August 1, 2019. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., traveled to Israel. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

High Cotton: Sen. Tom Cotton traveled to Audrieu, France from Aug. 25-27. The trip estimated at $1,316 was paid for by The New Criterion.

The Arkansas Republican stayed at the Chateau d’Audrieu, a five-star hotel, which had estimated lodging costs of $690 for his stay. Cotton met with foreign leaders and diplomats at meetings to discuss U.S. foreign policy and other topics, including the role of the U.S. military in the world. 

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., arrives for the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on "Worldwide Threats" on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., stayed at a French chateau when he traveled to France in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Meanwhile, Cotton’s staffer, Brian Colas, sold between $1,000 and $15,000 in stock in the following companies: Google, Verizon, Aflac, Facebook, Bank of America, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and Apple.

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