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Congressman Farenthold Discusses Excessive Government Travel Costs and Sequestration Cuts

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Blake Farenthold, House Oversight Subcommittee Chairman on the Federal Workforce, appeared on "Fox and Friends" Monday morning to discuss a recent Congressional report that examined the cost of federal government travel and conferences. The report found that in 2012 alone, taxpayers picked up a $340 million bill for 894 government conferences.

"For the most part, a good conference is worth the money. My hometown of Corpus Christi is a tourist destination home to many conferences. But, when you see government spending like what we saw with the General Services Administration in Las Vegas, or with the Postal Service, $2.2 million for a conference in San Francisco, it's clear it's too much. We've got to get people in these government agencies to realize it's not their money they're spending, it's the taxpayers' hard earned money."


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