Congress quietly removes annual reporting requirement for paid travel

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Congress has been criticized for many things in recent months — fumbling on immigration reform, failing to pass basic bills for state services, leaving the longterm unemployed without help — you name it. Now you can add obscuring details of who’s paying for lawmakers’ travel to the list. As first observed by National Journal, the House Ethics Committee — which is in charge of establishing the rules by which Congress operates — quietly removed a requirement to list “sponsored travel” on their annual financial disclosure forms. Sponsored travel refers to those trips lawmakers take that are paid for by groups outside Congress, often agenda-based or lobbying organizations. The trips have a tendency to be lavish and extend to lawmakers’…

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