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SIMMONS, ROB, Republican Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $27,853.80

Average cost per trip - $3,094.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 236 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,297.25
Lodging Cost - $227.15
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,629.40

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - meals included in lodging costs

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 28, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - China - Shijiazhuang, China - Xibaipo, China - Beijing, China - Badaling, China

Purpose - Meet with Chinese government officials, build computer lab in rural community
Notes - Heidi spouse accompanied, other costs are for amenities.

Travel Cost - $15,304.64
Lodging Cost - $1,066.67
Meal Cost - $306.63
Other Cost - $47.05
Total Cost - $16,724.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Notes - other expense phone call

Travel Cost - $1,056.00
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $158.20
Other Cost - $2.00
Total Cost - $1,562.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $652.80
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $260.28
Other Cost - $28.59
Total Cost - $1,310.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Population Action Intl (PAI), US Committee for UNFPA
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To examine programs funded by the U.N. Population Fund and discuss issues concerning Homeland Security
Notes - Providence, RI - Mexico City - Providence, RI

Travel Cost - $4,116.72
Lodging Cost - $651.14
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost - $238.64
Total Cost - $5,436.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Notes - Aspen Wye River Conference Centers Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - March 16, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Bermuda

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Bermuda - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Providence, RI This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No

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Minorities and Special Ed

For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.

Recent Posts

  • 06.23.15

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  • 06.17.15

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  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.