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BASS, CHARLES F, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $15,795.95

Average cost per trip - $1,436.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 353 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Discussion w/ 20 leading NE tech executives MIT,
Notes - Extra Cost: Thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.20
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass, 2 children, Lucy and Jonathan, meal incl in lodging, other costs indicate registration, but no amount

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State of New Jersey
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - The Congress will testify in court on behalf of the state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Notes - other expenses: taxi and bus

Travel Cost - $1,250.00
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $126.00
Total Cost - $1,924.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.00
Lodging Cost - $261.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - None specified
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,881.00
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $86.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,455.69

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,082.95
Lodging Cost - $712.51
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,917.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Notes - Manchester, NH - Las Vegas - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $873.40
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,571.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Baker's Assn
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 25, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - MHT - West Palm Beach - MHT (Manchester, NH) Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,577.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,577.40

Additional family members - Yes

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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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