House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said: “Lavish and wasteful expenditures weren’t limited to one convention; they’re part of a disturbing culture of spending. In an unintended way, jackasses at GSA have helped expose the extent of the federal government’s spending problem.”
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the GSA, said, “There must be a ‘jackass award’ on just about every GSA leader’s desk since the Vegas junket is clearly just the tip of the iceberg.”
The GSA did not reply to requests for comment.
Dan Tangherlini, acting director of the GSA, issued an April 10 message via video that the expenditures at the conference were “completely unacceptable.”
“I speak for the overwhelming majority of GSA staff when I say that we are shocked and deeply disappointed by these indefensible actions,” Tangherlini said, outlining several steps the agency is taking to ensure wasteful spending at conferences does not happen again.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.