The trips--which Inhofe has referred to publicly as "a Jesus thing"--have spanned the continent, mostly Uganda and Ethiopia. Early this month, he and three US House members, plus staff members, visited both of those countries to talk to their leaders about AIDS.
Inhofe said he personally paid for his first trip. But since 1999, his travel has been funded by taxpayers.
Inhofe said his work in Africa focuses on humanitarian, national security and economic matters. He has also used the official travel for fellowship activities related to the low-profile religious organization that puts on the National Prayer Breakfast. "I'm guilty of two things," Inhofe said in a recent interview. "I'm a Jesus guy, and I have a heart for Africa."
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