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SNYDER, VICTOR F, Democratic Party
Arkansas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $40,864.30

Average cost per trip - $5,108.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 53 days
Rank of representative - 159 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring meeting
Notes - travel from Little Rock to New Orleans was personal and paid for by representative

Travel Cost - $155.00
Lodging Cost - $422.00
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost - $38.00
Total Cost - $758.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Tallinn, Estonia

Purpose - conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - other costs for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,105.80
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,305.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes - other expenses are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $1,362.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,254.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,039.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,564.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,191.90
Lodging Cost - $961.00
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $3,682.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose -
Notes - Betsy Singleton, spouse-$400 ground transportation both entered in other category

Travel Cost - $5,038.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,763.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Little Rock AR - Istanbul, Turkey / Istanbul, Turkey - Little Rock, AR Including spouse Donors: Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Hewlett Foundation, Mellon Foundation

Travel Cost - $4,481.50
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,131.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 17, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Little Rock, AR - Dublin, Ireland / Dublin, Ireland - Little Rock, AR Including spouse Personal expense: 8/17 - 8/20/05

Travel Cost - $5,242.50
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,404.50

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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