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Members of Congress Jet to Japan for Free
PAC Contributions Returned

While members of Congress and federal candidates are known for soliciting millions of dollars from political action committees (PACs), there are a few instances when campaigns refund the money to PACs .  

Treasurers of corporate, trade association, and labor PACs are happy to get the money back, especially after they have already received credit for making the original contribution. Now they can use the money to give to another campaign.  

Pelosi Brings George Miller Back to the Steering and Policy Committee

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reinstalling fellow California Democrat George Miller as co-chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Monday evening.  

Miller, now the ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, is retiring at the end of this year after four decades in Congress. He replaces Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., who resigned last month to take a job at a Philadelphia law firm amid an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation. Miller will serve as co-chairman alongside another Pelosi ally, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut.

Congress Gets Away With Free Foreign Trips (Updated)

Some members of Congress didn't stick around Washington during the cold month of February, but they found better places to be on free trips to foreign lands.  

The big free trips during February included eleven members on the trip to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation . Another nineteen went to Cartagena, Colombia, with expenses paid by the Aspen Institute, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund . Other members went to Japan, Australia, and Belgium. The trip to Australia for one member and his spouse was worth almost $50,000.