- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rep. John Barrow blasted President Obama’s weeklong trip to Africa that begins Wednesday, urging the president to “lead by example” by not taking such an expensive visit, The Blaze first reported.

The trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania will carry a price tag estimated between $60 million and $100 million

“No one here questions the need for security for our commander in chief,” Mr. Barrow, Georgia Democrat, said. “But we do question the need for such expensive trips when so many folks across the country are being forced to cut back because Congress can’t get its act together.”


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“A trip of this magnitude isn’t unusual, but these are hard times,” he continued. “One hundred million dollars could be better used to keep folks on the job. I urge the president, and everyone at the federal level, to lead by example, and not take the fact that Congress can’t get its act together and rub that in the faces of hard-working Americans.”

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