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Hotel Contracts for Biden Trip to London, Paris Totaled $1 Million
YahooNewsOnline ^ | March 22, 2013 | Arlette Saenz

Posted on 03/22/2013 9:46:35 PM PDT by LucyT

Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Europe last month led to a hefty tab with over $1 million for hotels for himself, staff and security for two nights in London and Paris, government documents show.

As first reported by The Weekly Standard, documents show that the U.S. State Department obtained contracts with two five-star hotels in London and Paris where the vice president stayed for two nights during a five-day tour of Europe last month.

"These costs are nothing out of the ordinary. They are in line with high-level travel across multiple administrations," the State Department official said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bidenhotelbill; itsyourmoney; taxdollarsatwork
A 1999 GAO report showed that trips President Bill Clinton took to Africa, Chile and China in 1998 cost $42.8 million, $10.5 million and $18.8 million, respectively - adding up to over $72 million.

Last year, an Air Force official told ABC News that one hour of flying time aboard Air Force One totaled $179,750 in FY2012.

1 posted on 03/22/2013 9:46:35 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Nothing out of the ordinary?

Some animals are more equal than others.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 9:49:56 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: MestaMachine; thouworm; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; dragonblustar; jersey117; Velveeta; ...

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Biden on Holiday.

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3 posted on 03/22/2013 9:51:06 PM PDT by LucyT (In the 20th century 260 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Texas Fossil; LucyT

I heard Biden fell into a big bowl of escargot and it took many searchers hours, using the latest high tech, to find him.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 10:00:45 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: LucyT

Fox reported that it cost over $550K for a motel, just for one night in France.

These corrupt jerks believe they’re Kings.


5 posted on 03/22/2013 10:19:26 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: LucyT

From the article...”The White House normally does not disclose the amount paid for the vice president and president’s travel.”

And per Carney...”But the president has to travel around the country. He has to travel around the world. That is part of his job.”

Jug-ears and Slo-Joe answer to no one.


6 posted on 03/22/2013 10:21:41 PM PDT by azishot (When your life is on the line, lead is worth more than gold.)
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To: LucyT
Biden's London stay provides a breakdown (of sorts).

Biden's London stay

Biden's $459,388.65 Hotel Bill

Due to obvious security concerns, such contracts are not open to the competitive bidding normally required on government contracts. The accompanying document justifying the "sole source" contract notes that the vice president's group required "approximately 136 hotel rooms for 893 room nights." Based on these figures and the total contract price, each hotel room at the five star hotel cost the U.S. government about $500 per night.

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I posted the above on the other thread.

Freeper battlecry made this comment (post 28):

"My understanding is that when these people travel, we have to pick up the tab for the whole floor the bat$hit crazy dumba$$ is staying as well as the complete floors above and below. Regardless of whether anybody needs the rooms or not. They want a buffer and we pay for it."

I think he may be correct---136 rooms, but why "893 room nights"?

7 posted on 03/22/2013 10:22:13 PM PDT by thouworm (DEMOGOGUE: leader who makes use of prejudices, false claims and promises to gain power.)
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To: LucyT

Biden is not worth the paper we wipe with


8 posted on 03/22/2013 10:36:43 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

Pre-wipe or post-wipe?


9 posted on 03/22/2013 10:38:34 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: LucyT

Good Grief. The money they do waste.

He comes across as another Al Gore..


10 posted on 03/22/2013 10:47:04 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: LucyT

No room at our embassies around the world?


11 posted on 03/22/2013 11:10:56 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: LucyT

Boy, that would fund a few White house tours.

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t Biden the guy who is suffering through the Sequester by taking the Subway to work because they are out of money?

Right


12 posted on 03/22/2013 11:14:54 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Gator113

550K a night. Most expensive prostitute in history!

Mopn Dieu. C’est le fou, Bidet, oops Biden.


13 posted on 03/22/2013 11:46:14 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Indeed... and with our money.


14 posted on 03/23/2013 12:19:33 AM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~)
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To: thouworm
The accompanying document justifying the "sole source" contract notes that the vice president's group required "approximately 136 hotel rooms for 893 room nights." Based on these figures and the total contract price, each hotel room at the five star hotel cost the U.S. government about $500 per night.

Obviously, there was huge advance party flown to London to arrange Slow Joe's visit, which lasted only one night. Figure 130+ people spending an average of almost a week, all put up for the duration at Slow Joe's first-class hotel. 893 nights / 136 rooms = 6.57 nights per room. I wonder what the airfare came to? We need a lot more than a sequester!

15 posted on 03/23/2013 12:45:23 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: thouworm
I think he may be correct---136 rooms, but why "893 room nights"?

Because the advance party needed to arrive almost a week before, and they needed a place to stay befitting federal employees.

16 posted on 03/23/2013 12:50:18 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: thouworm

That’s just the rooms themselves so this is the tip of the iceburg considering food, transportation, new suits and a haircut, security, a Joe Went to Paris and All I Got Was a T-shirt for all the staff’s families and some bling for his wife, champaigne in the limo, and other incidentals. And this trip accomplished what exactly?


17 posted on 03/23/2013 5:30:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: LucyT

The ruling elite lives high off the hog with our money.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 5:43:46 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: LucyT

Perhaps Debbie Schulz should be angry at Biden seeing as how her staff is suffering starvation because of sequester.


19 posted on 03/23/2013 5:52:17 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: bigheadfred
Yes, even the most sophisticated portable EEG detector was unable to detect any brain function.

Ol’ Plugs surfaced when the sommelier in an adjoining dining room mistakenly withdrew the cork from a Château Cos d'Estournel ‘05, rather than the more plebian ‘06 that was ordered.

20 posted on 03/23/2013 7:41:06 AM PDT by kitchen (Due to the increased price of ammo, do not expect a warning shot.)
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To: LucyT
Wow! Over $1 million!!

That must have been one important and necessary trip to spend that kind of taxpayer moola in this bitch of an economy!!!

I won't spend 1/10 of that amount of money for all the trips I take in my lifetime, including vacations!

21 posted on 03/23/2013 7:44:12 AM PDT by Gritty (Our masters in Washington are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants-Jeff Cooper)
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To: LucyT

that’s OK, we all need to pitch in and tighten our boob belts.”let them eat arugala”


22 posted on 03/24/2013 8:52:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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