Ireland A Popular Congressional Destination
The Emerald Isle seems to be becoming a popular destination for members of the U.S. Congress …
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (RINO-Mississippi) took a trip to Ireland in the third quarter of 2012 – one that appears to have been paid for out of the Senate Appropriations Committee budget.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pennsylvania) took an official trip to Ireland last year, as did Rep. Mike Turner (RINO-Ohio). Fattah’s trip appears to have been paid for out of the House Appropriations Committee’s budget, while Turner’s appears to have been paid for out of the House Oversight Committee’s budget.
Three Congressmen – Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (RINO-Florida), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and William Keating (D-Massachusetts) – went on an official trip to Ireland last spring. And U.S. Sen. Pat Leahy has also traveled to Island on the taxpayer dime in the last few years.
So … what are all these left-leaning “Republicans” and Democrats studying? Because it clearly isn’t the tax climate. If it was, then we might be looking at lowering the United States’ corporate tax rate from 40 percent (the highest in the world) to something more consistent with Ireland’s 12.5 percent rate.
Anyway … we’ll be inquiring into these congressional offices about the purpose of these trips (and the views of each lawmaker on corporate tax rates) while at the same time keeping a close eye on congressional travel to Ireland for any future trips.