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

For Immediate Release
Date: March 21, 2014


Contact: Garrett Hawkins

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Gosar: 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.

The request reads, "Members of Congress are servants of the people and should not be considered a privileged class. 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 in excess of $17 trillion such expenditures are especially wasteful. If federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from traveling first-class, this same standard should also apply to Members of Congress." Click HERE to read the request.

After the request was submitted, Rep. Gosar issued the following statement:

"One of my top priorities is eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the bloated federal bureaucracy. Accordingly, Members of Congress shouldn't be allowed to fly first class on the taxpayer's dime. It's absolutely wasteful and completely unacceptable that Members of Congress - servants of the people - are currently allowed to fly first class using hard-earned taxpayer money, especially at a time when our ballooning national debt threatens the fiscal security of generations to come. The taxpayers deserve accountability from their government and oversight on how it spends their money."