Jeff Smith 8 p.m., Aug. 30
On the Road Again: Congresswoman Susan Davis Hits Vienna
Just two months after traveling to Japan, courtesy of the Japan Center for International Exchange, Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis took off for Vienna, Austria, on yet another week-long junket arranged for by the Aspen Institute.
As we've previously noted, Davis is the most prolific junketeer in the county's congressional delegation. Interestingly, she always manages to stay one step ahead of trouble. After her trip to Japan, the country was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
Before that, she managed to check in at a posh resort on the outskirts of Tunis, Tunisia, to attend a conference entitled “Political Islam: Policy Challenges for Congress," only months before the collapse of the Tunisian government led to wholesale uprisings across the Middle East:
This time, the purpose of the Davis travel -- from April 25 through May 1, according to congressional disclosure records -- was a "site visit and briefing at the International Atomic Energy Agency," located in Vienna. Lodging was at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel, used because "the facility has specialized conference services required by our forum, including…up-to-date telephone, Internet, and mobile communications systems…."
As usual, Davis was joined by husband Steven; total cost of the trip for the pair, including business-class airfare, was reported to be $13,916. Funding was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York City, a non-profit foundation.
Here is a copy of the disclosure form, originally posted by the website LegiStorm.com: