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Forbes wants to ground president’s Africa trip

Rep.  J. Randy Forbes, R-4th, has urged President Barack Obama to cancel his planned trip to Africa and use the savings to compensate federal employees on administrative furloughs.

“While I have long supported the use of Presidential overseas visits for diplomatic purposes, I am disappointed with President Obama’s recent decision to spend as much as $100 million, according to the Washington Post, on a trip to Africa with his family,” Forbes said in a statement released this afternoon.

Obama and the first lady are scheduled to travel to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from Thursday through July 3.

“With thousands of families facing furloughs across our nation and with no sequestration solutions in sight, a trip of this cost, at this time, is not only symbolically reckless but shows a lack of focus on cutting spending and solving sequestration,” Forbes said.