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Senators consider hitting the brakes on ‘runaway train’ of funding requests for trips abroad

By Charelle Evelyn      

The Internal Economy Committee’s steering group will mull over rules around approving trips or returning to past practice of not paying for travel outside New York or Washington.

From left, Conservative Sen. Scott Tannas, Independent Sen. Larry Campbell, Independent Sen. Éric Forest, and Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos were among the Senators who grappled with the issue of setting guidelines for approving Senators’ international travel at a March 1 Senate Internal Economy Committee meeting. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
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Senators are considering returning to past practice of denying all exemption requests to their travel-abroad policy because some are worried the wiggle room they're now showing will send spending down the “rabbit hole.” The Senate’s long-standing travel policy sets out that international travel to locales other than New York or Washington, D.C., is not eligible for reimbursement. However, Senators can ask for an exception from the Chamber’s Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration Committee, which handles legal and financial

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