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White House Widens Its Clampdown on Congressional Travel

January 18, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

In the latest tit-for-tat between the White House and congressional Democrats on overseas travel, President Trump’s acting budget director on Friday sent an all-agency-head memo requiring them to obtain permission from the White House chief of staff before spending money on support for lawmakers’ trips abroad. The memo from deputy budget director Russell Vought, titled “Executive Branch Support for Congressional Travel During a Government Shutdown,” introduced “new policies” at the request of Trump.