Congressman Darrell Issa demands cabinet secretaries' travel records

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U.S. Representative Darrell Issa attends a North San Diego County Association of Realtors meeting, May 12, 2010.

A Southland lawmaker is asking cabinet secretaries to turn over their travel records. Republican Congressman Darrell Issa wants to know whether political considerations are driving the Obama administration’s travel decisions.

Congressman Darrell Issa of Temecula is the ranking Republican member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He’s written to all 21 cabinet secretaries, asking for documents that might indicate how involved the political wing of the White House is in travel planning.

Issa says the President himself has “followed the time-worn path of presidential travel – go where the votes matter most.” He wants to know whether cabinet-level agencies schedule trips for secretaries to get the most political bang for the buck.

Another Californian, Democrat Henry Waxman, headed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the last administration. His probe of the Bush White House concluded that more than 300 trips for which taxpayers footed the bill were political in nature.

When asked about Issa’s letters, the White House response was: “he sends out so many letters.”

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