U.S. Senate
8:34 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Senators Move To Restrict Federal Conferences

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has joined four other Republican senators in offering a bill intended to reduce government-sponsored conferences.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
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The bill would reduce travel expenses and reduce overall spending on the conferences.

Among other things, the bill prohibits agencies from paying travel expenses for more than 50 employees for any conference outside the United States unless the US Secretary of State certifies that the conference is in the national interest. It would also prohibit an agency from spending more than $500,000 on any single conference.

Other sponsors of the proposal are Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Jeffrey Chiesa of New Jersey; Mike Enzi of Wyoming; and John McCain of Arizona.