Rep. Gosar Leads Bipartisan Effort to Prohibit Luxury Airfare for Congress

Mar 22, 2016 Issues: Eliminating Waste, Fraud and Abuse

For Immediate Release

Date: March 22, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith

Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting a bipartisan language request to the House Appropriations Committee asking them to close a current legislative loophole and prohibit the use of funds in FY 2017 for Members of Congress to fly first-class: 

“Members of Congress are public servants of the people and shouldn’t be considered a privileged class. As such, we must be judicious in the travel expenses that are paid for with federal funds. Luxury airfare accommodations utilizing taxpayer monies would seem inappropriate in any fiscal climate, but at a time of soaring deficits and with a federal debt rocketing towards $20 trillion by the end of the year, such expenditures are especially wasteful. Congress cannot ask the American people to accept spending cuts without first cutting our own budget.” 

Background

The full letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee can be found HERE.

Congressman Gosar was joined by 15 other bipartisan members of the House in submitting this language request including: Brad Ashford, Rod Blum, Julia Brownley, Bradley Byrne, Matt Cartwright, Elizabeth Esty, Paul Gosar, Gwen Graham, Frank Guinta, Walter Jones, Ann Kirkpatrick, Dave Loebsack, Pete Olson, Raul Ruiz, Kyrsten Sinema and Ryan Zinke.

The requested language seeks to codify language that is in line with requirements for travel by employees in the Executive Branch. If federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from traveling first-class, this same standard should also apply to Members of Congress.   

Congressman Gosar has also introduced legislation to prohibit this practice in the form of the COACH Act, H.R. 2210. That bipartisan legislation has 22 cosponsors. More information HERE

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