Ron Paul Press Release

Ron Paul Campaign Chides Lawmakers' Junkets at Taxpayer Expense

GOP presidential candidate rejects Congressional waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jesse Benton

April 18, 2007 202-246-6363

ARLINGTON, VA – Despite rhetoric condemning a "culture of corruption" and promises to clean up Capitol Hill, Congress is up to their old tricks. According to media reports, a Congressional delegation of nine Democrats and two Republicans flew out of Andrews Air Force Base over Easter weekend and, after stops in Mexico and Honduras, concluded their trip with a stay at a five star resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This junket was one of 13 such trips over the holiday recess, all paid for by American taxpayers.

"Americans are sick and tired of career politicians who do not look out for the taxpayers and who use their elected office for personal gain," said campaign committee chairman Kent Snyder. "Taxpayer money should never be a slush fund for Congress to purchase special perks such as taxpayer financed vacations."

Standing in sharp contrast with Washington's wasteful status quo is Texas Republican and presidential candidate Ron Paul. During his 10 terms in Congress, Dr. Paul has never taken a government-paid junket or voted for a congressional pay raise. He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program and returns a portion of his congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury every year.

"It is time to bring a leader to the White House with the personal conviction to end waste and fraud in Washington," continued Snyder. "Only Ron Paul has the unimpeachable record of integrity needed to break the poisonous cycle of politics of for personal gain."

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