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Congressman acts on taxpayer-funded overseas trips

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Congressman Walter B. Jones is making an effort to reduce spending by cutting the taxpayer-funded overseas trips for members of Congress. Those trips don't include trips to visit United States military personnel in war zones like Afghanistan, but rather the vacations that members of Congress and their spouses use to visit luxurious and exotic locations.

Congressman Jones expressed his concern in a letter written to House Speaker John Boehner. He noted that members of Congress use Department of Defense (DOD) aircraft and DOD and State Department personnel and resources.

"Washington has a spending problem, and it's time for President Obama and this Congress to stop the wasteful spending that is bankrupting this nation," said Congressman Jones. "Under sequestration, DOD simply cannot afford to continue these trips. It is wrong to impose cuts and furloughs at essential DOD facilities like Fleet Readiness Center East in my congressional district, but at the same time expect DOD to continue shuttling members of Congress around the world on luxury trips."

This is not the first time Congressman Jones has spoken out about cutting wasteful federal spending. He has offered several suggestions to cut spending without impacting the US military. Those suggestions include eliminating foreign aid, repealing Obamacare, trimming the federal workforce, cutting the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, eliminating the federal Department of Education, and leaving Afghanistan before 2014.

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