Senators span globe on post-election codels

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, is in Spain, where he received an award in Madrid on Monday. He is also scheduled to travel to Uganda, Burundi and Kenya with Pentagon officials to tour infectious-disease labs.

Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuCNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' Trump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram MORE (D-La.) left Tuesday for the Netherlands, where in addition to studying coastal flood protection systems, she’ll take a walking tour of Rotterdam.

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Moving eastward, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has organized a trip to Israel for a group of lawmakers, including Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.). While they’re over there, the politicians might just run into a future member of their ranks: Sen.-elect Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.) left last week on a private family trip to the Holy Land.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.), dubbed by McCain “the Three Amigos,” are in the Middle East, where they had meetings in Baghdad on Monday. Late last week, Graham and McCain attended an international security conference in Nova Scotia.

Also in the Asia this week is Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.), who will join a delegation of senators on a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan to meet with troops and officials. 

The only people who won’t be traveling are the members who lost their seats last Tuesday; congressional rules in both the House and Senate prohibit lame-duck members and their staffs from participating in government-funded foreign travel.

It remains to be seen, however, whether anyone will continue Rep. Gene Taylor’s (D-Miss.) decades-long tradition of bringing authentic Mississippi food to U.S. troops overseas during the holidays. 

The Blue Dog Democrat lost his seat last week, and as a result has had to cancel a planned trip to Afghanistan.

Editor's note: AIPAC organized a trip for its members, but Berkley paid for her own travel and expenses. Unclear information appeared in an earlier version of this post.