And we’re working on our enunciation.
A real business trip
The House is out next week, so Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who heads the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security and foreign operations, is leading a small group of members on a week-long trip to some interesting but not particularly inviting places.
Chaffetz, along with Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), is off to look for waste, fraud and abuse in foreign aid and other U.S. efforts in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Morocco. (That shouldn’t be too hard.)
But no spouses will be going along, we were told, and it doesn’t appear that game parks and such will dominate the itinerary. So, under the official In the Loop Guide to Codels (congressional delegations), there is every danger that work will be committed on this trip. Besides, Chaffetz is developing a reputation for going to unpleasant places.
Even though the military jet stops in Stuttgart for a day and there’s a day in Morocco — which might offer the possibility of fine shopping and touring — this is not a Loop-recommended trip.
A hearty Loop congratulations to Cintas for winning a $19,822.50 contract from the Marines to provide a year’s worth of “Laundering Service for Bath Towels and Wash Cloths.”
The contract calls for weekly pickup and delivery of 150 bath towels and 150 washcloths at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. Seemed at first glance like a pretty hefty sum for so little laundry.
Then we got to this: “The contractor is hereby advised that the soiled towels and wash cloths may be contaminated with minute quantities of the following substances.” It listed 59 of them, including sulfuric acid, nickel (as heavy metal), hydrochloric acid, sodium cyanide and other such things.
And this apparently is after they’ve showered.
The farm team is growing. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Brian Baenig as Agriculture Department’s assistant secretary for congressional relations. Baenig, a former staffer to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), was the department’s deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs.
Meanwhile, another administration official is hitting the road. Jill Zuckman, assistant to the secretary and director of public affairs at the Transportation Department, is leaving the planes, trains, and automobiles agency for the private sector. Zuckman, a longtime Chicago Tribune reporter, will join SKDKnickerbocker as a managing director. She will become part of the communications firm’s growing stable of administration and Capitol Hill alums, including former White House communications director Anita Dunn and former Democratic House aide Doug Thornell.
Research editor Alice Crites contributed to this column.
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