Members of Congress regularly travel to other countries for fact-finding and educational purposes, with the taxpayers covering the costs for the worldwide travel.
During the fourth quarter of 2013, the standing committees of the House have reported paying for the following travel.
The Committee on Foreign Affairs spent $194,729 in the fourth quarter. The committee paid $13,340 for Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., to go to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and UAE; $12,403 for Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., to go to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UAE; $13,463 for Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., to go to India; $10,167 for Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., to go to the Philippines; $12,056 for Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, to go to Bangladesh and the UAE; $5,362 for Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., to go to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UAE; and $6,542 for Rep. Greg Meeks, D-N.Y., to go to German & Belgium.
The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence paid for several members to go to Europe, including Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., $7,487; Rep. Michael Rogers, R-Mich., $3,058; Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., $2,589; Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan., $2,589; and Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala. $2,589. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., went to South America $13,154. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., went to the Middle East and Europe $16,136.
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform paid for a trip to Malta and Egypt by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, $15,308; Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., $15,829; Rep. Stephen Lynch $14,512; and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., $14,639.
The Committee on Armed Services paid for several members to go to Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom. This included Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, $368; and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., $368. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., went to the Philippines $577, and Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, went to India $1,209.
The Committee on Appropriations paid for Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., to go to Portugal $7,325; and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., to go to Belgium $11,643. The Committee on Energy & Commerce paid $12,383 for Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, to go to India. The Committee on Financial Services paid $12,677 for Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., to go to Israel, Austria and Norway. The Committee on Science, Space and Technology paid for Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., to go to India $15,800.
A delegation of twenty-two members went to South Africa for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The trip cost $48,921, excluding the military air transportation.
A delegation of nine members went to Mexico in November, costing $24,810.
The committees still use varying methods of reporting travel costs. In some cases, the general delegation costs are listed separately from any specific member's total. A few committees have not reported their fourth quarter travel costs.