Heinrich reimburses feds for travel expenses

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has repaid the federal government for reimbursements he received over a two-year period for personal taxi and ride-booking costs.

Spending reports filed by the New Mexico Democrat included a series of small-dollar transactions for travel reimbursement. That prompted USA Today to inquire whether he was being repaid for personal commuting costs.

Senate rules prohibit lawmakers from being reimbursed for their own commute from home to work, or for other personal trips.

After a review of records that date from January 2013 to the end of March, Heinrich spokeswoman Whitney Potter says it became clear that proper protocols weren’t in place.

As a result, the senator wrote a check for $1,909.69 in travel expenses that were deemed to be personal.

Heinrich has apologized for the mistake.

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