Rep. Sheila Jackson Lees Round the World Trip Cost U.S. Taxpayers $23K

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee speaks during a press conference in front of the Federal Courthouse Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Houston. (Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle.)

Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a noted anti-gun advocate and staunch opponent of voter ID laws, in February took a “round-the-world trip” that cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $23,646, Roll Call reports.

The February 16-22 trip included commercial flights to Korea, Vietnam, and Cambodia, according to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee did not travel over or back with CODEL Landrieu that included several members of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption,” Roll Call notes.

“The delegation was to meet with local community leaders, adoption officials, and other government officials, such as the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs,” it adds.

The report continues:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took commercial flights over and caught up with the delegation in Seoul, South Korea. After visiting South Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia she then left the delegation early for her return commercial fight through Frankfurt Germany.

The trip costs included $19,970 for transportation, $1,292 for per diem, and $2,385 for other purposes.

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