The Traveling Congressman

USA Today has been hammering Congress for talking tough on ethics and lobbying reform while poking loopholes in legislation. They're at it again today, pointing out the numerous exemptions to the ban on lobbyist-funded travel and whether the way around the loopholes is to publicly fund congressional travel.

 

It's an interesting argument. To be sure, some of the trips members of Congress take have value in terms of doing their jobs better but in light of the revelations that have come out in the past couple of years about luxurious lobbyist-funded junkets for legislators I would think Congress would do better to err on the side of caution when it comes to taking trips on another's dime.