ICYMI: Congress Shouldn't be Allowed to Fly First Class on the Taxpayer's Dime

For Immediate Release
Date: March 21, 2014

 

Contact: Garrett Hawkins
Garrett.Hawkins@mail.house.gov

ICYMI: Congress Shouldn't be Allowed to Fly First Class on the Taxpayer's Dime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) led a legislative effort to prohibit Members of Congress from flying first class using taxpayer funds. Specifically, Rep. Gosar authored and submitted a request to the Committee on Appropriations for specific language to be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act that would prohibit this practice.

U.S. News & World Report: "If our military servicemen can’t fly first-class, neither should we," Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tells U.S. News. "We should be leading by example." Reps. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Gosar are asking the House Appropriations Committee to adopt a coach-seating mandate for fiscal year 2015.

Huffington Post: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) submitted a request to the Committee on Appropriations prohibiting members of Congress from flying first class "on the taxpayer's dime," according to a Friday press release. "Members of Congress are servants of the people and should not be considered a privileged class," Gosar wrote in his request, which he filed on Tuesday.

The Hill: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is leading a charge to stop members of Congress from using taxpayer funds to buy first-class airline tickets as they jet back and forth between their districts and Washington. On top of their $174,000 salaries, members of Congress are given a "Representational Allowance" that lets them use taxpayer funds to buy plane tickets. But Gosar said that is taxpayer money and that members shouldn't be using it for first-class seats at a time of record-high national debt.

TownHall.com: Now, Republican Reps. Paul Gosar and Walter Jones along with California Democrat Rep. Raul Ruiz are looking to end the first-class treatment out of respect for taxpayers. Earlier this week Gosar wrote and submitted a request with Ruiz and Jones to the Committee on Appropriations asking that language prohibiting lawmakers from traveling first-class on the taxpayer dime be added to the Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.

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