An article yesterday implied that Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be making a speech at the University of California's Santa Cruz campus as part of official business. The trip is being paid for out of funds from the university's fellowship program.
While tourists rush in to claim Washington as their own in the spring, members of Congress, with as much tradition, have used their spring recess to rush out--to home or to points about the continent and the rest of the globe on official business. Congressional travel this week is no less far-flung than in the past, and that includes excursions by local U.S. House and Senate members.
Virginia Republican Reps. Frank R. Wolf and Stan Parris have gone off to Germany and China, respectively, while Rep. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) is in Israel and Rep. Marjorie S. Holt (R-Md.) has dropped in on Beirut.
Closer to home, Rep. J. Kenneth Robinson (R-Va.) is on an island off Florida, where he will sit on a panel and talk about national defense. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be going to California to give a foreign policy speech at the University of California's Santa Cruz campus, then stopping off in Chicago to campaign for Democratic mayoral candidate Rep. Harold Washington.
The visits, their offices stress, are duty trips.
"This is not a vacation by any sense of the imagination," said an aide to Wolf, describing the congressman's whirlwind five-day tour of 11 military bases in southern Germany.
Wolf left last Thursday on an Army-sponsored "Quick Look" of Germany, one of several such tours designed to let House and Senate members inspect weapons systems under debate in Congress.
Parris is in the People's Republic of China with other members of the House subcommittee on international trade to study multi-national banks and World Bank projects in Peking, Shanghai and Suzhou.
Mikulski's trip to Israel is being paid for by the Baltimore Jewish Council, and her itinerary includes visits to Cyprus and Lebanon.
Holt is part of a delegation of Armed Services Committee members reviewing NATO activities. In Beirut, she will be briefed by the commander of the U.S. Marine force and talk with individual Marines stationed there, particularly about their confrontations with Israeli military personnel.
Robinson's trip to Florida is for a three-day meeting of the Electronic Industries Association's legislative roundtable. He will also visit an aircraft plant, according to his office, and spend the remainder of the congressional break visiting in his district.
Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) gave a speech yesterday on Reaganomics at Smith College in Massachusetts and will be working in his office for the remainder of the week.
Sen. John W. Warner took Monday and yesterday for some "private time" with his family. Today he is scheduled to join former senator George McGovern at the University of Pennsylvania, where the two will debate the nuclear freeze issue. He'll be back in his Washington office Thursday, and spend Friday with his family again.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is using the entire congressional recess to spend time with his family. The rest of the region's delegation will be in and out of their offices, paying visits to their districts and taking time for their families.
But for some lawmakers, touring their districts can take longer than a quick trip to Europe. Rep. Beverly Byron (D-Md.), for instance, will spend the whole recess visiting constituents in her 6th District, which extends from the northern half of Howard County to the western tip of the state. Comparing his boss' spread out district to the denser Montgomery County sections represented by Rep. Michael D. Barnes, a Byron aide sighed, "Mike Barnes can tour his district in a day, but it takes her a week."