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Democratic Hill staffers head to Maui on taxpayer's dime -Senate Indian Affairs field hearing
Daily Caller ^ | 8-11-11 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 08/11/2011 10:47:16 PM PDT by STARWISE

Senate Democrats are charging taxpayers for a trip to Hawaii, The Daily Caller has learned. The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday.

The committee’s oversight field hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel, will focus on “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.”

Rick Manning from Americans for Limited Government, which first discovered the hearing, told TheDC it’s unbelievable that Hill staffers talking about fiscal responsibility would waste money on a trip to Maui.

“It’s outrageous that Senate Democrats have so little respect for the American taxpayer that in the same month they buried our credit rating, they’re heading to Hawaii to celebrate,” Manning said.

A committee staffer told TheDC that the reason the hearing will be in Maui is “mostly because it’s his [committee chairman Sen. Daniel Akaka’s] home state.” It’s unclear if the field hearing will focus on any issues relating at all to Hawaii, or if the reasoning for scheduling the trip there is only because Akaka will already be in Hawaii during the congressional recess.

The staffer said Akaka is the only senator who will attend.

The Democratic committee staffers used taxpayer funding to travel to Hawaii a full week before their committee’s hearing date. When TheDC called the committee’s Washington, D.C., office Thursday afternoon, a different staffer who answered the phone said all the committee’s communications staffers are already in Maui.

It’s unclear if other committee employees, in addition to communications staff, are also in Maui.

It’s standard practice for taxpayers to cover travel expenses for congressional committee staffers, but there’s no way to know at this point how much the trip will cost, unless staffers offer up the information.

Committee staff declined to answer specific questions about why the field hearing was scheduled in Maui, nor would they say how many of their colleagues were there, on their way there, or scheduled to travel there.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: charlatans; crooks; hearing; hillstaffers; maui; notaxes4dnc; princesofthedeficit; senate; senateindianaffairs; senatestaffers; staffers; thieves
UnFREAKING real. Dingy Harry, you're the scum of the earth.

Employee handbook:

"How To Rob the Taxpayers While Committing Government Employment"

Detestable .. every last one!

1 posted on 08/11/2011 10:47:23 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; seekthetruth; ...

Damn !


2 posted on 08/11/2011 10:48:35 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Filthy bastards!


3 posted on 08/11/2011 10:49:21 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: STARWISE

Well, just like Barry & Michelle, they deserve a taxpayer-paid vacation for all the good work they’ve been doing!


4 posted on 08/11/2011 10:50:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: fish hawk; STARWISE
ping....


5 posted on 08/11/2011 10:56:28 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: STARWISE

Harry Reid didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn the night before he permitted this to occur..


6 posted on 08/11/2011 10:56:31 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: STARWISE; All

No Fear, peasants.


7 posted on 08/11/2011 11:02:44 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: STARWISE
The entire press staff of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is in Maui, even though a field hearing there won’t happen until next Wednesday.

Note to next Republican Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee: Schedule week-long field hearing for press staff in Anadarko, Oklahoma at the Holiday Inn. Provide projector to show slides of beach scenes on the walls of the conference room.

No early departures. Cash bar poolside.

8 posted on 08/11/2011 11:03:45 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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9 posted on 08/11/2011 11:05:47 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

If the story has it right, no senator but Hawaii’s own Akaka will be there, as well as an unstated number of press “staffers.” Dingy Harry will be nowhere in sight. “Indian affairs” broadly would cover aboriginal inhabitants of the Hawaiian islands, so this is probably as economical as junkets get. I’d be far more concerned about what kind of pseudo romantic mango sauce gets churned out of this meeting resulting in more sops to these “Indians” that won’t hardly do them a whit of good anyhow.


10 posted on 08/11/2011 11:10:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Dingy Harry’s the CEO of the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader. And I guess they have to get out there a week before next week’s hearing........................../S !


11 posted on 08/11/2011 11:13:46 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Hell Folks...we know where they are at...time for some go-rilla FUN!


12 posted on 08/11/2011 11:13:54 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: STARWISE
Maui Beach Hotel....tell 'em "Barry sent ya'....;) Its time to get creative.
13 posted on 08/11/2011 11:16:21 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: STARWISE

But he’s also a Senator — nobody died and made him king, at least not yet. Just taking the story literally. It would be wrong to say that Akaka will be the sole senator there if Dingy Harry tags along.


14 posted on 08/11/2011 11:33:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: STARWISE
I'm guessing "The Hopi Arms" was completely booked up.


15 posted on 08/11/2011 11:37:03 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: STARWISE
I sent this on to Rush and Greta. I forgot O’Reilly so will go back and do one to him. I hope one or more of them bring this up tomorrow on their shows.
16 posted on 08/12/2011 2:24:50 AM PDT by fish hawk (Don't worry about old age, it doesn't last that long!)
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To: STARWISE

Gosh, you’d think they would wait until winter for such a trip so they can take maximum advantage of Hawaii’s wonderful climate.

Of course, maybe they are planning a similar trip for February.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 2:47:03 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: STARWISE; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks STARWISE.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 5:42:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: STARWISE
“It’s outrageous that Senate Democrats have so little respect for the American taxpayer that in the same month they buried our credit rating, they’re heading to Hawaii to celebrate,”

The tax slaves will just have to work more over time. The democrat politicians, as well as their base, have been found wanting.

19 posted on 08/12/2011 5:44:15 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: STARWISE

Another bit of DemoRAT abuse for the memory banks. Pass it on to others as I did. This sort of DemoRAT antic has to be known about by as many American voters as possible to reach.

Every little detail helps against the RATS.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 5:53:54 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: STARWISE

Maui Beach Hotel.

21 posted on 08/12/2011 6:44:38 AM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Well, at least they aren’t going to Las Vegas. Obama will be pleased.

The gall of these people. Half the country is on food stamps and they are enjoying an all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii. How do we stop these people???


22 posted on 08/12/2011 7:28:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: STARWISE

Forward to Drudge and FOX.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 8:06:35 AM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle; STARWISE

“The Democratic committee staffers used taxpayer funding to travel to Hawaii a full week before their committee’s hearing date.”

“[Committee staff] deferred all questions to the committee’s press staff, which is already, in its entirety, in Maui.

No one among the press staff in Maui has returned the TheDC’s phone calls for comment.”
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BTW: Drudge has it in left column with this headline:

REPORT: Taxpayers fly Congress staffers to Hawaii...


24 posted on 08/12/2011 9:15:39 AM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: thouworm

If they are on the tax payers dime,the tax payer has the right to know,why they are there early,how many are being funded by the tax payer and final cost.


25 posted on 08/12/2011 8:25:42 PM PDT by TNSue
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; sickoflibs; NFHale; ...

How do you say “junket” in Hawaiian?

Probably “aloha”.


26 posted on 08/13/2011 3:41:37 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; randita; rmlew; firebrand; Sacajaweau; conservativegramma; hoosiermama; PGalt; Miss_Meyet; ...
Unless I'm missing something here, I can't think of any state less relevant to the subject of Indian Affairs than Hawaii. What exactly is the American Indian population of Hawaii?

Well, no one ever accused today's Washington Democrats of being logical, nor of being responsible about spending taxpayer dollars on themselves.

27 posted on 08/13/2011 12:36:22 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Are Hawaiians American Indians, or South Sea Islanders?


28 posted on 08/13/2011 3:35:14 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5
Native Hawaiians are not considered to be American Indians. Offhand, I don't know how they would be classified for US Census data.
29 posted on 08/13/2011 6:03:33 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; Eleutheria5

Native Hawaiians aren’t Indians but the committee deals with them too.

The only apparent reason the hearing is being held there is that’s where his majesty chairman Akaka will be holding court.

Article says he’ll be the only Senator there. I never heard of a hearing with just one Senator. What Akaka will be talking to himself about is unknown.

All sounds really ridiculous.


30 posted on 08/15/2011 1:25:53 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; sickoflibs

“...How do you say “junket” in Hawaiian?...”

Ah-Taxpayer-Funded-loHa!


31 posted on 08/15/2011 9:15:37 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

I always thought it was “Akaka.” : )


32 posted on 08/15/2011 12:19:11 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“...I always thought it was “Akaka.” : )...”

Nah...that’s just what comes outta your “Dupa”...whenever you go to the crapper to donate to the DNC...you know, to “give something back” for all they’ve done for the country...


33 posted on 08/15/2011 2:10:47 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

You mean, when you Dukakis.


34 posted on 08/15/2011 2:29:40 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Only after a laxative, brother...


35 posted on 08/15/2011 2:41:35 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Good one!!!


36 posted on 08/15/2011 4:30:41 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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