NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 06, 1976
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(Studio) Congress reform doesn't extend to junkets.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Ea. spring for 3 years, House majority leader Thomas "Tip" O'Neill leads congress trip overseas. 1975 itinerary and expenses noted. Speaker House okayed trip and government paid for trip. Congress members not required to travel economically. Representative Dan. Flood took European trip in 1975 and took boat back home, which cost twice as much. Congmen. don't have to report what they do on these trips. Since January 1975, Representative Charles Diggs has visited 31 cntrys. His office says may have report on his travels by August Public information with regard to congress trips sketchy. Bills of trips stored in Virginia State Department files. Public can't see them unless they sue through Freedom of Info. Act. Reform on congress travel not likely for 1 1/2 years or more.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee