Rep. Michele Bachmann Takes Son on Free Trip to Israel

Posted November 26, 2013 at 2:51pm

The itinerary included staying at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, visits to the Western Wall, Siebenberg House, Temple Mount, Pools of Bethesda, the Knesset, Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsamane, shopping in the Old City, City of Ariel, City of Samaria, Mountain of Blessing, Joseph’s Tomb Overlook, Shiloh, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jordan Valley, Golan Heights, and a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

U.S. Israel Education Association

Although trips are not supposed to be paid for by lobbyists or those hiring lobbyists, the trip approval forms and agenda do include a listing of each member invited, their committee assignments, and specific bills sponsored or co-sponsored, relating to Israel. The trip also included a tour of the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., and the Defense Ministry.

Free travelers included Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala. and spouse (11/1 – 11/10) $28,000; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and her son, Harrison, (11/1 – 11/10) $25,274; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohioand spouse (10/30 – 11/8) $22,634; Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., and spouse (11/1 – 11/10) $25,724; Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and spouse (11/1 – 11/10) $25,724; Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and spouse (11/1 – 11/10) $25,724; and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and spouse (11/3 – 11/10) $23,352.

Update 11/29: Rep. Aderholt has amended his travel report to show his expenses were $25,724.