CBS News is reporting that the total cost of the Congressional junket to Copenhagen was over $1,000,000. You will recall that Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords attended the conference with her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.
The most interesting factoid in the CBS story is that the Room and per diem cost $2,200---Per NIGHT.
The funniest quote in the story was California Rep. Henry Waxman who justified the expense by saying the trip wasn't very fun...That's because it was so bitterly cold. Seriously, I couldn't possibly make this stuff up.
Meanwhile, Giffords continues to ignore her blatant conflict of interest by overseeing bills that directly affect her husband.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who heads a key subcommittee, has blasted the notion of shifting money to outsource transporting astronauts to the international space station. Unless Congress makes the NASA budget a higher priority, Rep. Giffords said during a hearing last month, there won't be enough money for robust manned exploration efforts of any kind and U.S. human space flight could be "on hold for the foreseeable future."
Gifford's claims that it's OK for her to shill for NASA because her husband isn't actually EMPLOYED by NASA, he on long term ASSIGNMENT to NASA...
The real answer of course is that NASA is GOOD and Democrats are GOOD, so there's not really a conflict when she lobbies on behalf of her husband's employer, because, after all, they are all GOOD. Now if her husband worked for Mobile Oil, or if she was a Republican, that would be BAD and hence an conflict.