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Senate Ethics Committee Per Diem Letter 6212011

Senate Ethics Committee Per Diem Letter 6212011

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Number of Pages:2

Date Created:June 15, 2011

Date Uploaded to the Library:February 20, 2014

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SELECT COMMITTEE ETHICS 
HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 220 
SECOND AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE, 
WASHINGTON, 20510-6425 

June 2011 
Thomas Fitton, President 
Judicial Watch 
425 3rd Street, SW, Suite 800 
Washington, 20024 
Dear Mr. Fitton: 
The Select Committee Ethics has received your correspondence requesting investigation into possible violations Senate Rule 39, which governs the use foreign travel per diem Senators and Senate employees. Your correspondence appears have been prompted article The Wall Street Journal, which all the Senators and staff mentioned are noted having complied with the requirements Senate Rule and returned unused per diem funds. The Committee has not received any additional allegation information that would suggest that members the Senate community have violated Senate Rule 39. 
The Committee has previously concluded that mere allegations, with evidence infmmation support their substantive merit, are insufficient extend the Committee's investigative process. Thus, based upon review the information that you have provided, appears that your complaint lacks merit and further Committee action not appropriate with respect this matter. The Committee, however, has recently circulated "Dear Colleague" letter ensure that all Members and staff, especially those who are new the Senate, understand and adhere the rules unused per 

Chief Counsel and Staff Director 
Enclosure 
BARBARA BOXER. CALlfOANIA, CHAIRMAN TElEPtfONE: (202) 224-2981 JOHNNY tSAKSON, GEORGIA, VICE CHAIRMAN FACSIMILE: (202) 224-7416 TDD: 1202) 228-3752 
MARK PAYOR, ARKANSAS PAT ROBERTS, KANSAS SHERROD 9ROWN, OHIO JAMES RISCH, IDAHO 
JOHN SASSAMAN, CHIEF COUNSEl ANO STAFF DIRECTOR ANNETTE GILLIS, OEPU1Y STAFF DIRECTOR 

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SELECT COMMITTEE ETHICS 
HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 220 
SECOND AND CONSTITUTION AVENUE, 
WASHINGTON, 2051(}-6425 

June 2011 
Dear Colleague: 
There has been recent media attention regarding the use foreign travel per diem Members and staff the Senate. want make sure that you and your staffs know that any unused portion your foreign travel per diem must returned the United States Treasury after you return home. Specifically, Senate Rule 39.3 states: per diem allowance provided Member, officer, employee connection 
with foreign travel shall used solely for lodging, food, and related expenses 
and the responsibility the Member, officer, employee receiving such 
allowance return the United States Government that portion the allowance 
received which not actually used for necessary lodging, food, and related 
expenses. 
The Committee encourages Members and staff with questions about returning travel per diem consult the Department State's Official Foreign Travel Guide for the U.S. Congress (copies available from the Committee). According the guide, travelers returning unused per diem the U.S. Treasury may personal check money order. The repayment, along with memorandum about the trip and the amount returned, may delivered the Department State's Senate Liaison Office the Russell Senate Office Building. also rmderstand that the Department's Congressional Travel Office will arrange for the pick-up ilnused per diem. 
Thank you for your attention this matter. you have any questions, please feel free contact Corrunittee staff 224-2981. 
Sincerely,