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DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW, Democratic Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $10,365.53

Average cost per trip - $1,151.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 426 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Rural Electric Company
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote address
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $1,829.50
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,067.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,067.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - keynote address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,839.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,839.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sioux Falls, SD

Purpose - keynote address
Notes - Sioux Falls - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,100.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - August 15, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $229.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $865.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,113.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - November 16, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $387.19
Meal Cost - $178.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $565.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Crown Publishing
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - publicity for book
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $758.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $758.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kansas State University
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Manhattan, KS

Purpose - delivered the Landon Lecture on May 10
Notes - Oklahoma City - OK to Manhattan, KS - Oklahoma City

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

Additional family members - No

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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