Tuesday, May 5, 2015

No more first-class flights for politicos? Bill barring lawmakers from pricey tickets makes waves

Lawmakers from both parties are pressing forward with a bill to bar members of Congress from using tax dollars to pay for first-class flights.

In a joint statements, Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz and Republican Rep, Paul Gosar called the luxury travel "especially wasteful," the Hill reported.

"Members of Congress are public servants of the people and should not be considered a privileged status," they said.

Members of Congress receive allotments to pay for their office operations, including staffer salaries and supplies. But this bill, if passed into law, would ban members from tapping these funds for first-class air travel, except in cases of medical needs.

The bill, called the Coach Only Airfare for Capitol Hill Act, or COACH Act, has more than a dozen cosponsors from both parties.

This isn't new. Last year, Ruiz and several other lawmakers introduced a similar measure called the "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach The So Should Congress Act."


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