Burton and his wife traveled to Taiwan on a $15,520 trip paid for by the ROC-USA Business Council.
Burton, a member of the House International Relations Committee, has accepted more than a dozen trips to Taiwan for himself or his aides over the past decade.
The article also notes that Indiana's Sen. Richard Lugar is one of the biggest travelers in Congress. His trips are usually paid for by the Aspen Institute. Lugar took 7 trips last year and 12 in 2005. Perhaps the passage of the House rules will put pressure on the Senate to tighten up its own loose ethics rules.
Burton's dismissive attitude about cleaning up Congress is the product of an out-of-touch incumbent who has been protected by gerrymandering. Burton's district is Indiana's most Republican district as a result of Indiana's gerrymandered districts. Burton is rarely challenged in the Republican primary, and it is nearly impossible for a Democrat to win in this district. He is, however, the first to rail against government waste, fraud and abuse. It's too bad he doesn't practice what he preaches.