Policy & Politics
House Passes Amendments to Limit Number of Federal Employees Attending International Conferences
September 15, 2004
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved two amendments to spending bills limiting the number of federal employees who can attend international conferences, the Washington Times reports. The House last week approved the fiscal year 2005 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill (HR 5006) with an amendment that limits the number of federal health employees permitted to attend international health conferences to 50. In addition, the House in July approved the FY 2005 foreign operations spending bill (HR 4818) with an amendment that limits to 50 the number of State Department employees who can attend an international conference. "My constituents often ask me why Congress continues to spend so much, despite the fact that we have a deficit and an ever-growing national debt," Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), who sponsored both amendments, said, adding, "The amendments represent common sense and fiscal discipline." Garrett said he hoped the measures would help avoid situations such as one that occurred at the XIV International AIDS Conference in 2002, when more than 200 HHS employees attended the conference in Barcelona, Spain, at a cost of $3.6 million.
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