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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 LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race 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 Rubio House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms Fight over water bill heats up in Senate MORE (R-Fla.) left last week on a private family trip to the Holy Land.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOversight panel demands answers on Pentagon waste report Overnight Cybersecurity: Retired general picked to head DHS | Graham vows to probe Russian election interference Overnight Tech: AT&T, Time Warner CEOs defend merger before Congress | More tech execs join Trump team | Republican details path to undoing net neutrality MORE (R-S.C.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John McCainJohn McCainSenate votes to elevate Cyber Command in military Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Trump really can't do much to reduce tensions with Putin's Russia 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 GillibrandDuckworth: Expediting Mattis waiver 'dangerous' Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.