Newspaper article Roll Call

Weekend Trip to Paris for Members of Congress

Newspaper article Roll Call

Weekend Trip to Paris for Members of Congress

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A June Sunday in Paris can be lovely, especially if it's on a free trip for members of Congress. But this trip was a little short on comfort and involved providing a congressional presence at an international meeting.

Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Ted Poe, R-Texas, and William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., were given a free trip to Villepinte, France, on June 21-23. Villepinte is a northeastern suburb of Paris. The trip was sponsored by the Organization of Iranian American Communities and 17 other groups. Clay's travel report lists the other sponsors. The stated purpose was to meet with opposition figures, domestic and international leaders seeking democratic change in Iran. Poe is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is chairman of its Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade.

The event was also the 10th Annual Conference for Democratic Change in Iran, coordinated by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The NCRI, which includes groups such as the People's Mujahideen of Iran, appeared on the U. …

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