Huffington Post reports “Federal Judges’ Maui Conference Takes Heat From GOP Senators. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ upcoming conference on a Hawaiian island sounds more like “a vacation than a business trip” to discuss the administration of justice, two Republican U.S. lawmakers charged on Monday. In a letter to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Senators Charles Grassley and Jeff Sessions wrote that Congress has an obligation to guard against “waste, fraud and abuse” and demanded details about the conference, set for Aug. 13-16 in Maui.”
“Grassley said: “A judicial circuit court should be capable of using technology to share information without requiring a trip to an island paradise.””Republicans in Congress have long tangled with members of the 9th Circuit, who have consistently issued some of the most liberal rulings of any of the federal appeals courts. Grassley and Sessions asked the chief judge to respond by June 15 to 18 questions before any additional funds are spent for the conference.”
“The senators wrote that “the site makes clear that government funds are not to be used for any recreational or sporting activities and that court-related matters will be substantially considered. The conference is described on the court’s website.”
“Regardless, they added, “the programs read more like a vacation than a business trip to discuss the means of improving the administration of justice.”
Letter to Senator Charles Grassley. No response.
Letter to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. No response.
Senator Charles Grassley wrote that Congress has an obligation to guard against “waste, fraud and abuse.” Should Sen. Grassley and his colleagues in Congress respond before “any additional funds” are spent on their salaries?
Let’s quit with the hipocrasy! Your vacation is over. We are on to you!