Congressional Democrats Party in Puerto Rico with Lobbyists, Executives During Shutdown

Some 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in the memo, a rate of 3.6 lobbyists for every member.

Congressional Democrats Party in Puerto Rico with Lobbyists, Executives During Shutdown

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, was photographed relaxing on the beach as a humanitarian crisis continues on the U.S.-Mexico border. (Twitter via David McAlpine)

(Washington Examiner) Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with the show’s cast.

Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan planned to meet with key officials to discuss the cleanup after Hurricane Maria at a roundtable Saturday.

But the weekend is packed with free time for the members and their families on the trip.

“We are excited for you to join us for CHC BOLD PAC’s 2019 Winter Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Each year, this retreat serves as a way for our CHC BOLD PAC Members and friends in the D.C. community to come together to escape the cold and discuss our shared priorities for a stronger and more prosperous country,” said a memo on the trip.

Some 109 lobbyists and corporate executives are named in the memo, a rate of 3.6 lobbyists for every member…

The event is taking place in a seaside resort where rooms go for $429 a night.

BOLD PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, chartered a 737 for members, their families, and chiefs of staff to attend the weekend…Original Source