Skip to comments.Bill would force members of Congress to fly coach
Posted on 05/18/2014 11:11:29 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Members of Congress fly across the country continually for business, but a new bill would keep them from spending taxpayer money on first-class seats.
The "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then So Should Congress Act" was recently introduced by Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), with his colleagues Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.).
The bill is aimed at cutting "waste, fraud and abuse," according to a statement by Rep. Gosar. "Members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats. If members of our military can't fly first class using taxpayer funds, neither should members of Congress," Gosar said.
Each member of Congress receives an average of $256,574 as a base allowance for travel, according to the Congressional Research Service, which would not be affected by the bill. The bill would instead prohibit members of Congress from using that allowance on first-class travel,according to ABC News.
Politicians would still be able to use their numerous frequent flier miles to upgrade their seats as well.
I vote, Cargo Hold.
What’s wrong with the wheel well.
Very small step - symbolic. Maybe allow any over 6-3 or taller.
Never happen. They will never diminish their own royal attributes.....
I wonder if Jerrold Nadler gets special dispensation, can’t see how a fat guy can squeeze into the coach seats. The same Nadler who lodged a complaint with the FAA after flying to Fresno, found a tag on his luggage with the initials FAT (the three letter airport designation, for Fresno Air Terminal). Yes congressmen can be THAT stupid.
Save our country, make them take the bus.
Even Grimm is smarter than him.
Will Domenic Recchia carry the weight of his good friend Jerry Nadler and support his preposterous toll proposal? Grimm asked.
You would think so, but rats think they are better than us common people, and they deserve special treatment. There is one set of standards for the peons and another for the elites. Maybe the GOP e think the same way, I don't know, but I would expect voting to be along party lines.
this is sure to get Pelosi’s head spinning in circles
My my fat boy is very touchy about his weight isn’t he? I’m overweight myself, maybe I should get on the victimhood bus. From now on I proclaim that calling someone fat is the moral equivalent of the n-word. I demand to be referred to as gravitationaly challenged! /s
“I wonder if Jerrold Nadler gets special dispensation, cant see how a fat guy can squeeze into the coach seats”
He can do what civilian obese people are required to do; buy two seats....
What a great opportunity for constituent service!
Each member of Congress receives an average of $256,574 as a base allowance for travel,
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Is that per year?
Drop that number back to say 30 RT per year. When they reach the max, pay for it yourself.
Official - OFFICIAL - travel different but usually more than a few people involved so the AF or so could get flying hours by transporting our ‘elected officials’ or SERVANTS as they like to remind us - when it is to their benefit.
Of course, I believe we should pick A number be it 1, 5, 10 million per year, give it to them and let them hire their own staff, pay for their own housing (maybe a concession for the annual mandatory meeting), transportation and meals.
If they want to hire their own husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, no matter comes out of their pay.
Let them live on Obamacare and pay them by the hour for actual time worked.
We have a bunch of cry babys that maybe work 3 days a week and once a quarter when MAYBE a few of them hang around till 10PM, we are supposed to feel sorry for them.
Like ‘WE’ tell the illegals - IF we aren’t treating you properly:
“GO BACK WHERE YOU MUST HAVE BEEN MORE COMFORTABLE”
IIRC, federal employees are not allowed to do this as it would be seen as a "kick-back", the same as being forbidden from accepting lunch from a contractor, for example.
Maybe the rules have changed, or it's just another special difference for the Special People.
Also, they should have to be given a TSA colonscopy before they get on the plane.
Pandering to the little people. You really don’t expect them to rub elbows with the peons do you? I smell upgrades. Lots of them.
Every member of congress should be compensated for one round trip bus fare from their home state to D.C.
They need to show up in D.C., vote on a budget, and go back to their job at home.
“this is sure to get Pelosis head spinning in circles”
Wonder if she had to give up her military jet when she lost her Speakership? I really relish the thought of her flying coach, middle seat, mom holding screaming baby on one side and a 400 salesman on the other side. Love the vision lol :)
10 to 1, it will NOT pass muster.
Elected officials will not give up any of their perks/benefits and this is like all the rest (automatic pay raises, never having to live themselves under the laws they pass, etc.)
Waste of time other than to bring the issue to light prior to the upcoming elections.
They are our employees!!
I worked in DC for an extended period, commuting home on the weekends.
My experience: Representatives (from the House) flew coach. Senators flew first-class, along with their aides.
Senators got special treatment, too. I happened to be upgraded to first class, and noticed that the seat across the aisle from me remained empty after everyone appeared to be on board. It was interesting, because I knew there were still people wait-listed for an upgrade.
Normally, the next person on the upgrade wait-list gets an upgrade and changes seats, so they can give that coach seat to the next person on the standby list (which was long, as this was a full flight). This wasn’t happening.
Just before the door closed, a Senator slipped onto the plane and sat down to the aide that had already boarded.
In contrast, Representatives get paged over the terminal public address. I recognized their names from districts near me.
How about they stay in their district? Only allow them to spend 90-120 days a year in DC in a designated condo location. They can use Skype or go to meeting like the rest of us.
Personally, I think congresscritters should stay in their home district and teleconference everything.
But then they wouldn’t get to go to as many cocktail parties and expensive dinners paid for with other people’s money.
Are they kidding? A quarter of a million dollars each year to every congressman to cover travel costs???? That's like $134,000,000 a year JUST for travel expenses. Is this supposed to cover all their staff too? And does every political person who works for the White House or the congress get this too? No fricking wonder our country is in such sad shape.....talk about elitist...talk about the opportunity for fraud waste and abuse.
I was flying home from a trip to DC a few years ago, and both Florida senators were on the plane. Rubio was in coach (across the isle from me) along with his staff, and Bill Nelson was flying first class.
Coach? The bastards should have to take Amtrak or Greyhound/Trailways everywhere they go.
We're not overweight, we're undertall. ;-)
I vote horse and buggy!
Congress to be exempt of course.
Wait a minute. These jerks get a quarter of a million dollars a year for travel which is NOT affected by this bill.
How is this saving money? If they use their allowance on first class tickets, they just get less flights per year. They are still burning up a quarter of a million dollars a year.
Smoke and mirrors.