WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. House members from Pennsylvania and their staff have accepted 41 privately paid trips this year, ranging from $20,000 in business-class airline tickets to Japan to $300-a-night hotel rooms at a Las Vegas casino resort.
That's according to an Associated Press review of gift and travel records on the House clerk's website.
The House Ethics Committee was criticized this month for quietly eliminating a requirement that lawmakers reveal trips on personal financial forms. After watchdog groups complained, that ethics requirement was reinstated.
Privately funded travel isn't prohibited. But House members must get ethics committee approval before the trip and file detailed information within 15 days of returning.
The increase in privately funded travel by members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation tracks a steady increase in the U.S. House as a whole.