Lawmakers' Use of Travel Stipends Under Investigation

Congressional investigators are questioning six lawmakers over possible misuse of taxpayer dollars meant to pay for overseas travel, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The probe is looking into spending by lawmakers including Solomon Ortiz (D., Texas) and Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), The Wall Street Journal reported without naming its sources.

Lawmakers receive a stipend of as much as $250 per day when traveling abroad on official business, and they can request an extra $50 a day. There is no mechanism to return unspent funds.

In March, The Wall Street Journal reported that some lawmakers were using the extra money for purchases including marble goblets and paintings.

The investigation will not be made public until after the election in November.

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WHO GAVE HILLLERY CLINTON THE AUTHORITY TO GO TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THE ARIZONA BORDER DISPUTE? AND SINCE WHEN DO WE HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE UNITED NATIONS WITH REGARD THE THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED STATES

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