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166 Went To Copenhagen – At Huge Cost

We almost missed this little nugget from, of all places, CBS News:

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Congress Went to Denmark, You Got the Bill

By Sharyl Attkisson

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2010

(CBS)  Thanks to recently filed Congressional expense reports there’s new light shed on the Copenhagen Climate Summit in Denmark and how much it cost taxpayers.

CBS News Investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports official filings and our own investigation show at least 106 people from the House and Senate attended – spouses, a doctor, a protocol expert and even a photographer.

For 15 Democratic and 6 Republican Congressmen, food and rooms for two nights cost $4,406 tax dollars each. That’s $2,200 a day – more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgage payment.

CBS News asked members of Congress and staff about whether they’re mindful that it’s public tax dollars they’re spending. Many said they had never even seen the bills or the expense reports.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is a key climate change player. He went to Copenhagen last year. Last week, we asked him about the $2,200-a-day bill for room and food.

"I can’t believe that," Rep. Waxman said. "I can’t believe it, but I don’t know."

But his name is in black and white in the expense reports. The group expense report was filed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She wouldn’t talk about it when our producer tried to ask.

Pelosi’s office did offer an explanation for the high room charges. Those who stayed just two nights were charged a six-night minimum at the five-star Marriott. One staffer said, they strongly objected to no avail. You may ask how they’ll negotiate a climate treaty, if they can’t get a better deal on hotel rooms.

Total hotel, meeting rooms and "a couple" of $1,000-a-night hospitality suites topped $400,000.

Flights weren’t cheap, either. Fifty-nine House and Senate staff flew commercial during the Copenhagen rush. They paid government rates — $5-10,000 each — totaling $408,064. Add three military jets — $168,351 just for flight time — and the bill tops $1.1 million dollars — not including all the Obama administration officials who attended: well over 60

"It was cold… I was there because I thought it was important for me to be there," Rep. Waxman said. "I didn’t look at it as a pleasure trip." …

Notice that the reporter does not even hazard a guess a the grand total all of this cost the US taxpayer. Let alone the carbon footprint for their Hajj.

And, lest we forget, it was all for naught.

Which is the best that can be said about it.

The original article includes the lengthy list of attendees.

(Thanks to Proreason for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “166 Went To Copenhagen – At Huge Cost”

  1. proreason says:

    Your tax dollars at work. CBS actually prints some real news…direct from Hopenhagen:

    Congress Went to Denmark, You Got the Bill

    CBS News Investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports official filings and our own investigation show at least 106 people from the House and Senate attended – spouses, a doctor, a protocol expert and even a photographer…


    They’re a princely lot, aren’t they?

  2. proreason says:

    The Hopenhagen trip cost an average of $2200 per day for each of the more than 100 people who went boondoggling, including the hairdressers and Nancy’s manicurists.

    Now, you might say that was an extravagence during the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, with 30 million Americans out of work, with the deficit multiple times higher than it has ever been, with more people on food stamps then ever before, with half a million people every month becoming so discouraged about finding work that they actually drop out of the workforce…..but if you said that you would be one of those cynics we hear about.

    Now isn’t the time to drop back and go into a shell. Global warming is going to come roaring back in a dedade or so, or perhaps a few hundred years from now. It’s inevitable, perhaps. The science writer are absolutely sure, almost. Even the scientists with the best houses agree.

    And if we don’t bankrupt ourselves so that mental giants like Al Toad can live in regal splendor as they teach us about the possiblel future horrors of this potential menace, then who else is there to bankrupt?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “I didn’t look at it as a pleasure trip.”

    MY ASS you didn’t!!!!!!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Well then .. how ’bout you look at it as a really fun trip that you didn’t have to pay for … AGAIN!!!

      You lying and thieving dolt!!!

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