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Rep. Loretta Sanchez Among Lawmakers In Spotlight For Taxpayer-Funded Trips [Enuf To Boil Blood!]
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-sanchez13-2009sep13,0,5694895.story ^ | September 12, 2009

Posted on 09/12/2009 8:03:09 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Among Lawmakers In Spotlight For Taxpayer-Funded Trips

The Garden Grove congresswoman has made 20 overseas excursions since 2006, touching down on every continent. Critics say more transparency is needed on government-sponsored travel.

By Richard Simon September 13, 2009

Reporting from Washington - At a time when congressional travel is coming under new scrutiny, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) has the distinction of taking more trips at taxpayer expense than anyone else in the California delegation.

In the last 3 1/2 years, she visited the South Pole, snorkeled at Australia's Great Barrier Reef and joined world leaders at a security conference in Munich, Germany. She met with Darfur refugees in Sudan, attended a "legislators' dialogue" with European Parliament members in Slovenia, delivered a speech on transportation security in France and inspected anti-terrorism defenses in Genoa, Italy, and Mombasa, Kenya.

All told, she has made 20 overseas trips since the start of 2006, touching down on every continent. Last year, she went abroad seven times. Many times she used military flights, but one commercial flight from Australia to Britain cost $8,383.

Sanchez, a congresswoman since 1997, said the travel was important to her work as the ranking female lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee and as vice chairwoman of the Homeland Security Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bluedog; democrats; lorettasanchez; sanchez; skank; snorkeling; sourcetitlenoturl; taxes; thousands; usefulidiot; yourtaxpayerdollars

1 posted on 09/12/2009 8:03:10 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Wow, go LAT with the “D” in the first sentence (of the body) of the article.


2 posted on 09/12/2009 8:04:54 PM PDT by TheZMan (White male, short hair, armed Patriot. Keep pushing.)
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To: Steelfish

I can’t believe that this ditz is still being sent back to Washington every two years. (Or maybe I can. She’s a ‘RAT).


3 posted on 09/12/2009 8:06:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Americans! "Behaving badly" since April 19, 1775!)
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To: Steelfish

“...said the travel was important to her work as the ranking female lawmaker...”

WHAT?


4 posted on 09/12/2009 8:06:35 PM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: Steelfish

Bring back B-1 Bob! He’s tanned, rested and ready!


5 posted on 09/12/2009 8:06:53 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: Steelfish
And to think "B-1" Bob Dornan was voted out for this skank.


6 posted on 09/12/2009 8:08:32 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Steelfish

I’m awfully curious what she did in Antarctica.


7 posted on 09/12/2009 8:08:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Unashamed Sarah-Bot.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think I know


8 posted on 09/12/2009 8:10:33 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Better be careful...that tattered Race Card is about to be played...


9 posted on 09/12/2009 8:14:00 PM PDT by kromike
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To: Steelfish

This makes me sick.


10 posted on 09/12/2009 8:18:24 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

11 posted on 09/12/2009 8:23:53 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: TheZMan
Top LaRaza figure charged with multiple felonies

Snippets: The renowned Latino rights activist (Nativo Lopez), in trouble for voter fraud in the past, cast an illegal ballot in the 2008 presidential primary and used a false address to register in another county, according to the California Secretary of State Election Fraud Investigation Unit. 

The Los Angeles County prosecutor’s office has charged the longtime immigration advocate with fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury and fraudulent voting. In 1996 Lopez was investigated for registering new voters before their citizenship was finalized to help a popular Mexican American Democrat (Loretta Sanchez) get elected to the U.S. House. 

12 posted on 09/12/2009 8:34:56 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Loretta was traveling with MY CONGRESSMAN, Mike Ross (D-ARK) (& his wife) on some serious 'fact finding'. /s

a climate-change fact-finding trip by Representative Ross, his wife and a few other members of Congress, aides and spouses. There was snorkeling on the Great Barrier reef. New Year's eve fireworks in New Zealand. An incredibly expensive side trip to Antarctica. A cable car ride through the Australian rain forest. Travel by luxury Air Force jet. A little decompression after their hard fact-finding at the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu.

13 posted on 09/12/2009 8:41:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steelfish
This is normal in her culture.

Officials in Latin America are expected to enrich themselves at public expense. Why else would someone seek power, if not to use it for their own benefit?

That is how it is regarded. They would be puzzled if people were to criticize.

Now for the fun. Loretta - a woman who makes no secret of her loyalty to Mexico and Mexicans - is on House military committees and has access to classified information.

And she's from a culture that has no problem with using things provided by the government for her own wealth.

Scared yet?

14 posted on 09/12/2009 8:45:25 PM PDT by Regulator (Welcome to Zimbabwe! Now hand over your property)
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To: Regulator
This is also happening on the state legislative level.
We need to put a stop to the junkets, and have a way that people can access information on trips/entertainment that politicians are involved with.
15 posted on 09/12/2009 9:04:12 PM PDT by kaila
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To: Steelfish

Loretta Brixey originally ran against Bob Dornan in the Republican Congressional Primary. She lost to Dornan. She then started to use her maiden name ‘Sanchez’ and she won the Dem primary. She then won the seat partly because she is an Hispanic. Her sister, Linda Sanchez, ran under her maiden name and won a seat also. The sad part of the Dem Party is that a minority will always win, qualified or not.


16 posted on 09/12/2009 9:32:43 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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Loretta Brixey originally ran against Bob Dornan in the Republican Congressional Primary. She lost to Dornan. She then started to use her maiden name "Sanchez" and she won the Dem primary.

It was the only time that I saw a politician CHANGE their name just before an election, usually their name recognition is all important.

In this case the new name wasn't recognizable but it did sound Hispanic, and away we go.

17 posted on 09/12/2009 9:53:45 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Sad the voting public goes on identity more than intelligence or ideology isn’t it? The dumbing down of America is having a devastating effect on our country.


18 posted on 09/12/2009 9:56:56 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Steelfish

How did she get past Homeland Security? She changes her name when she runs to whatever current race applies.


19 posted on 09/12/2009 10:31:11 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Steelfish; antceecee
This justifies it all:

Sanchez's chief of staff, Adrienne K. Elrod, said the congresswoman went snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef with scientists to see the effects of global warming.

I mean ... doesn't it?

Sanchez said the trip convinced her "that the security threat posed by global warming is real, massive and fast approaching."

A la John Francois Kerry's pronouncement on the eve of Sept. 11.

20 posted on 09/14/2009 11:26:40 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Thank God for giving you what you need, rather than what you want.)
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To: Steelfish
Related article for reference file:

Kerry Marks Eve of 9/11 Anniversary With Push for Climate Legislation

21 posted on 09/14/2009 4:41:59 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Thank God for giving you what you need, rather than what you want.)
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