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In the end, federal appointee Robert Clarke Brown was the lone dissenting vote on the new travel policy. He pointed out that while it may be relatively easy for local members to make trips to board and business meetings, federal appointees often need more flexibility for their travel. Mr. Brown is the treasurer of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

“When Tom was a member of Congress, he didn’t have the Speaker approve his travel,” Mr. Brown said, referring to Vice Chairman Thomas M. Davis III, who represented Virginia in Congress from 1995-2008.

Mr. Davis clarified that was the case only for domestic trips.