Despite outrage from a lot of you about members of Congress using military planes for their overseas spring breaks, there seems to be precious little reaction from the people who can actually stop it: Congress.
The morning after our report
aired I flew to Washington to turn a follow-up story, expecting the usual outrage from members of Congress who thought we treated them unfairly. Instead I got silence.
Congressman Bennie Thompson's office didn't complain about our report on his trip to Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Congressman Eliot Engel's office didn't call about his trip to Trinidad and Tobago. All done, mind you, on expensive and luxurious military charter planes.
Then, as I was chewing down my salad in the basement of the Cannon House Office Building, just about 11 a.m., came the call from Barney Frank's office.
Congressman Frank had the most expensive flight as far as I can tell. And judging by House rules about using military planes, he violated both of them. He flew to London and Brussels with just two other members of Congress (you are supposed to have five) and he took no Republicans (the trips are supposed to be bi-partisan).
Estimated cost of just the flight: $160,000. He and the whole group could have flown commercial business class for about half the cost.
His press secretary was really mad, but I couldn't really tell why. Basically, it seems, the anger was because I actually told you about that trip.
In any event, I was there to do the follow-up and I asked again if the press secretary or perhaps the congressman himself would like to go on camera. My crew and I were ready. I was told we'll get right back to you. Then I was told could you do it later today. Then I was told how about tomorrow morning.
Last night I was told there would be no interview. There was no explanation. I asked for a statement. I'm still waiting for a statement.
In the meantime, I plan to keep pressing on why so many trips are being taken on military charters.
--By Drew Griffin, CNN Correspondent