President Barack Obama should cancel his trip to Sub-Saharan Africa because of the visit’s hefty price tag, two Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that deals with Africa have told Newsmax.
With an estimated cost of $60 million to $100 million to taxpayers and at a time when a budget sequestration is forcing major cuts in government agencies, the president should have definitely postponed the trip, say freshmen Republican Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas. Both lawmakers are members of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
“Though the president must take diplomatic trips, the cost should always be carefully considered before finalizing an itinerary,” Meadows told Newsmax. “Forcing a $100 million price tag onto hardworking taxpayers while American families struggle to balance their household budgets and thousands of federal workers are being furloughed is outrageous.
“With 76 percent of Americans now living paycheck to paycheck, President Obama needs to take a hard look at the burden his travel abroad is placing on the people at home,” Meadows said.
Stockman agreed, branding the week-long trip which starts Wednesday, “a show of insensitivity to the American taxpayers by the president, who is always talking about the ills of sequestration.”