Congressmen Get Free Travel to Parts of the Ottoman Empire

Five members of Congress traveled to Istanbul, Turkey,

Turkey

, and Baku,

 

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. 

 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,

Ruben Hinojosa

, D-Texas, and spouse (

and spouse

 ($19,962); Rep. 

); Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas (

Ted Poe

, R-Texas ($13,431); and freshman Rep. 

); and freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. (

Jim Bridenstine

, R-Okla. ($14,173). Rep. 

). Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill.,

Danny K. Davis

, D-Ill., and his spouse went on the 

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 

 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) 

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) 

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.).

Michelle Lujan Grisham, 

Update 6/20:

 Make that seven members going to Turkey an Azerbaijan. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee , D-Texas, reported she also went on the trip ($12,034).

Sheila Jackson Lee

Update 6/24

: Make that eight members going to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has just reported he also went on the trip ($13,431).

 

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