Feeling the cold these days? Then hurry on down to sign up for House Majority Leader John Boehner’s week-long, fact-finding trip to Brazil, Colombia and Mexico taking off on Jan. 8.
The Ohio Republican is scheduled to escape the chill with: Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Republican Reps. Dave Camp (Mich.), John Kline (Minn.), Gerg Walden (Ore.), Doc Hastings (Wash.) and Devin Nunes (Calif.), the only member on the congressional delegation (codel) with a chance of decent weather back home this time of year.
They’re apparently going to be talking with government officials down there about drugs, trade and other issues. No word from Boehner’s folks about what cities they will visit or more details on the itinerary. (We’ll check in later to see if the Brazil leg included stops in Salvador or Rio.)
Worried about leaving your spouse back in the cold? No problem. Bring him or her along — everyone’s taking their spouses. And there’ll be three or four staff members to help out. Remember, this is pretty much the ultimate in luxury travel, business class on a government jet, pampering by military aides.
This jaunt, as far as we can tell, only breaks two of the six rules in the official, updated In the Loop Guide to Codels.
Speaking of codels, we’re hearing that Sen. Joe Leiberman (D-Conn.) is taking a very, very small delegation to the Holy Land, arriving Dec. 26 with his wife via commercial jet. She’ll stay behind, as the lame duck senator and two staffers continue on, perhaps by military jet, to four other countries in the Middle East. It’s a codel of one, since no other senators signed on.