Report: Ted Lieu Vacationed in Bermuda During ‘Build Back Better’ Vote

US Democratic Representative Ted Lieu speaks at a press conference following a meeting of the Democratic Caucus at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took his elderly parents on a luxury cruise to Bermuda this past Thanksgiving as the House voted on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda.

Last week, the congressman filed a “proxy letter” with the clerk of the House of Representatives for the week of January 10, saying he could not travel to work in Washington, DC, due to the “ongoing public health emergency,” according to an exclusive report from Red State. It seems that Lieu filed a slew of proxy letters during the fall of 2021 when he not only traveled to Bermuda for Thanksgiving but when he attended an NFL game maskless with his wife and brother in October. Lieu also traveled to Hawaii during Christmas as President Biden warned about the omicron surge.

Lieu attended the November 17 session for the censure vote against Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) but was absent when the House voted to pass the “Build Back Better Act” on November 18 and 19. His “yea” vote was cast by proxy from Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA).

“The House was also in session when Lieu was in Hawaii, which was sometime around December 22, according to his own December 29, 2021 tweet,” noted Red State. “There’s no indication that Lieu was performing any official duties in Hawaii from his social media.”

Lieu also spent more than $20,000 on airplane tickets in 2021, an inordinate amount of money for a non-election year. In 2020, for instance, Lieu spent less than $2,000 on airfare expenses.

“In light of Lieu’s apparent reluctance to travel because of the pandemic and the fact that it wasn’t really a busy time in terms of campaign activity, that level of spending really sticks out,” added Red State.

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