Cultural exchange trips in Congress

U.S. lawmakers and their senior staff took more than 800 cultural exchange trips courtesy of foreign governments in the years from 2006 to 2011. The trips benefit from a broad exemption from ethics rules and most Capitol Hill employees never need to disclose their participation. This list shows trips listed on 130,000 pages of personal financial forms collected by Legistorm.com

Map showing countries that paid for lawmakers and congressional staff to take more than 800 cultural exchange trips.

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Name Party Office* Title* Year Country Visited Duration Extra Days Taken

SOURCE: Personal financial disclosure forms filed with the House and Senate and collected by Legistorm.com. GRAPHIC: T.W. Farnam, Alberto Cuadra and Kenneth W. Smith Jr. - The Washington Post.