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Rep. King Wants To Know Whether 'Per Diem' Used To Pay Colombia Prostitutes
FoxNews ^ | April 22, 2012

Posted on 04/22/2012 12:49:44 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rep. King Wants To Know Whether 'Per Diem' Used To Pay Colombia Prostitutes April 22, 2012

A top House Republican wants to know whether Secret Service employees involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia used their taxpayer "per diem" to pay any of the women for their services.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., posed the question along with dozens of others in a letter to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan as part of his committee's escalating probe into the controversy. The questions covered everything from the potential security risks to internal training procedures.

On the issue of prostitute payment, King asked the director two questions -- how many agents paid the women, and how many "provided monetary remuneration to the female foreign nationals involved in the alleged incident in Colombia with the per diem provided by the U.S. government?"

It's unclear how much money the agents may have shelled out on the night in question, or whether any of that money came from the government pocketbook -- one of the women reportedly was paid $225 for the night. It's one of the many questions lawmakers have for the Obama administration as they launch their own investigations into the alleged misconduct.

"Every possible lead is being examined," King said Sunday. Asked about King's letter, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told in an e-mail: "We'll answer all inquiries from Congress."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hookergate; obamascandals; peterking; secretservice
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To: Steelfish
Was per diem used to facilitate carpe diem?

Neither is related to Ngo Dinh Diem.

41 posted on 04/22/2012 2:51:32 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Revolting cat!

Sounds like King is looking for chump change fake receipts on dinner checks. What an idiot.

42 posted on 04/22/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom


I got per diem for traveling with a US military sports team. On trips to Canada I took the pop-up camper and ate at McDonalds instead of staying at Holiday Inn and eating at Outback.

Took the savings and bought my wife a Eurail Pass to follow me and the team around to the various European national championships.

Back then Canada was $35/day, Europe between $51 and $53.

43 posted on 04/22/2012 3:06:22 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Steelfish

King is a grandstanding idiot, with a laser-like focus on irrelevant details.

44 posted on 04/22/2012 3:09:06 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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“Could it be that both sides of the aisle are conspiring to bury this scandal ASAP....”

Are you still in doubt that the RATs and the GOP are in cahoots with each other? Not just on this subject, but on many more?

Bring up the subject of term limits and see how fast they will gang up together to defeat it.

45 posted on 04/22/2012 3:14:23 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Steelfish

IMHO, I think Mr. King is overstepping his bounds since that money is considered personal money.

When I worked for a DoD company, we got a per-diem. Hotel was separate expense. So what we usually did was stay at a hotel with a free breakfast and then eat cheaply or even better, do a very late, late lunch. At the end of the trip, it was some nice extra money to pocket and was tax free.

On one trip, we had some executive types with us and they tried to force us to do a common check for the meals and indirectly expected us non-exec types to foot the bill for their fancy meal. They weren’t happy when a few of us folks pushed back.

I worked for a different company in the early 1990’s in Indianapolis and for quite a few months, I had to to frequent trips to and from Chicago and I drove a beat up truck and took it on the trips. The executive VP of finance caught wind what a few of us were spending our mileage checks on and she pretty well required us to fly afterward. Even a trip to Cincinnati, we had to fly. IN that company we were not given a per-diem. One guy used the money to fix up his vehicle.

46 posted on 04/22/2012 3:20:16 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Steelfish

Yo Pete, it’s $20.00. Just like downtown.

47 posted on 04/22/2012 3:40:07 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Newt is nuts!)
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To: Steelfish

On page to of the on-line Per Diem drop down is Whore Fee.

48 posted on 04/22/2012 3:44:27 PM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

You may have gotten an Advance. But per-dime covers Expenses, so it is paid after the Spenser’s were incurred.

Would you have had to repay the money if the trip was cut short had not occurred at all?

49 posted on 04/22/2012 3:58:11 PM PDT by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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Up to the applicable Federal per diem rate. There are quite a few rules, including being paid under and “accountable plan”, etc.

Some employers and employees may be way off the mark on compliance but not realize it or really care unless they’re audited.

50 posted on 04/22/2012 4:35:26 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: 353FMG
>More grassroots education and action in every sphere of life is necessary.<

. More education, you said?

Like keeping no child behind?


Note my use of the words "grassroots", meaning specifically NOT government schools.

People reading and learning on their own. Responsibility, doing one's own research. Things like FR. The more of that, the better. The establishment educational system, of course, has been infiltrated by enemies of the U.S. and highly propogandized for many decades, so truth about islam is extremely rare in that environment.

I don't give a rat's patooty about the No child law, as I don't give a rat's patooty about the whining teacher's unions who squeeled about having to actually have their students take a standardized test. The whole public education system is a mess and is controlled by unions.

The local school is nothing but a target for construction companies to sell new school buildings and athletic fields to and for teachers unions to swell their own ranks, all at the expense of taxpayers.

IMHO, Mr. King is simply pushing some Democrat political buttons, which I see him do every time I see him on C-span on the House floor. He's one of the VERY FEW in Congress that I have actually heard say ANYTHING about the sodomite lobby.

Here is Mr. King actually being critical of the sodomite Kevin Jennings on national TV...

If we had 435 Rep. Kings in the House, we'd be a lot better off than we are now.

51 posted on 04/22/2012 4:57:35 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: ace2u_in_MD
RE: Would you have had to repay the money if the trip was cut short had not occurred at all?


I recall that there were other expenses beyond per diem (lodging and meals); those I had to keep closer accounting, such as taxis. I filed those when I got back for good.

I actually once received another check when I filed taxis expenses that were less than the minimum allowed. I recall that the check was for something like sixteen dollars. I must have received advances for those too. I am surprised that I cannot remember the details.. it just didn't matter that much back then. I didn't try to screw the government and I don't think that they screwed me.

I don't recall getting taxi expenses for TDY here it was overseas only. But TDY here I just didn't worry about it beyond the basic lodgings and meals.

52 posted on 04/22/2012 5:43:38 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: PubliusMM

If this happened under a Republican administration, it would be a “gate” scandal and part of the Republican “war on women,” “culture of corruption,” etc.

53 posted on 04/22/2012 10:19:50 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: CORedneck

So what we usually did was stay at a hotel with a free breakfast

If you get a breakfast at a hotel on travel than you are supposed to tell your Travel person so they can deduct breakfast from your per diem. I am a travel person and always call the hotel to see if they offer breakfast. If they do then I deduct breakfast from the per diem amount. Now that you know PLEASE either pick a hotel WITHOUT breakfast or tell your travel person to deduct the money for breakfast or you are committing fraud and FREEPERS don’t do that.

54 posted on 04/23/2012 3:44:40 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: Steelfish

At the Fifth Summit all the participant nations signed the following agreement. in the declearation of agreement:

18. We reiterate our commitment to protect all people, particularly women, children and adolescents, from all
forms of trafficking in persons and sexual and economic exploitation, and to provide protection and attention
to the victims. We call on Ministers responsible for education, labour, social development, security and justice
to adopt coordinated national strategies to prevent and eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2020 at
the latest, in accordance with the Plan of Action of the Fourth Summit in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and in
accordance with national legislation, and to develop innovative strategies to bring children and adolescents
who are victims back into healthy learning environments. We also reiterate our commitment to eliminate
forced labour before 2010.

55 posted on 04/23/2012 8:13:08 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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