To schedule a parliamentary delegation, a member has to apply to the relevant committee chair, who then writes to the appropriate agency requesting funds and support for the trip. Various parliaments and legislatures maintain formal or informal groupings, such as congressional caucuses and all-party parliamentary groups, which maintain regular delegations to and from select countries; the European Parliament also maintains a formal delegation system for regular meetings with national and multinational parliaments.
In the United States
A congressional delegation abroad is not the same as the congressional delegation of a state (or a legislative delegation from a county to a state legislature), which is the entire body of current members elected to both houses of Congress from a specific state.
- "European Parliament - Delegations". European Parliament.
- FP's exclusive guide to Congress's summer junkets (August 6, 2009). Foreign Policy.
- Andrea Stone, Members Of Congress On Rome Junket Funded By Taxpayers (May 24, 2011), Huffington Post.
- Scott Wong, Junket? Maybe not, but Dems attack GOP trips (January 13, 2012). Politico.
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