“Well, trying to intimidate me to stop the investigations won’t work," said Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, one of multiple congressional committees investigating the conference.
"I know he’s not happy I stopped some $3,720 per airline ticket subsidy from one of his airports so I know I’m not his best friend. But I’m not going to be intimidated," Mica continued. "This isn’t about taking a trip to Las Vegas, which he represents. People can do that and have a great time and enjoy at their own expense, but this is wasteful spending. I don’t care if it was in my backyard at Disney, which is right below my district. If they’re wasting taxpayer money, they have to be held accountable.”
On Tuesday, Reid accused Republicans — and Mica in particular — of trying to "embarrass Las Vegas" to distract from the House transportation bill.
“First of all, Mica, who is doing this, should get a life and do what he’s supposed to do,” Reid said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s because of him that the transportation bill is a total failure.”
Reid went on to hammer Mica's leadership as chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
"Mica has been an absolute flop at leading that committee," Reid said. "Mica, I repeat, should get a life and do what he's supposed to do and get a highway bill out of the Congress to save or create 2.8 million jobs."
Republicans have seized on the lavish GSA conference as evidence of what they say is a systematic culture of entitled government workers. Democrats have also voiced objection to the spending, and pointed to President Obama's removal of top GSA officials as evidence of the White House's displeasure.