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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Yes, it is a position that should be treated with dignity and they should be able to travel with at least some degree of privacy and personal safety.

    It costs millions of dollars for the President to fly anywhere along with the army of people who dance around him praising him. If he can do that, a member of Congress can have an extra 3 inches of seat and not have people with the flu sneezing on her/him from both sides.

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Personally I think elected officials in DC should have barracks style housing and chow halls similar to lower enlisted infantry troops in the late 1990s and early 2000s had and they all hop on an armored bus together to an from work and any after COB activities is paid for out of their pocket, if they go to a club,restaurant, fund raiser or some other activity then they pay for their own transportation, salaries of their security and other expenses.
    Would you have the President also stay in to barracks? Or is this your call for a totally Imperial President in relation to Congress?

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Well, Campaigning they should have to up their own Money.....although truthfully just to do so from the Office they have in their State, especially when it comes to endorsing. No need to waste taxpayer money to run out to California to say he supports someone in his party. Most into politics know and those who are not.....don't care if so and so says I am endorsing whoever.
    Before cutting military and retired benefits, especially on NCOs forced onto food stamps, Congress needs to cut in their own backyards as our Founding Fathers would. Take space-available flights, down-size salaries, pensions and benefits, and then means-test RICH Officers .
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Why is the President not on the list?

    Why isn't the poll "Should the President and members of Congress be required to fly coach?"

    It would appear that, so far, nearly everyone on this thread want the titles to changed to "Emperor Obama" and "his subordinate non-management employees in Congress."

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    Give them a travel allowance and when they spend it they can pay out of their pockets or walk.
    Heya SD. They already have one.

    The request reads in part: “Efficient travel to and from congressional districts contributes to effective executing on the constitutional and official duties of members of Congress. As with all federal spending, Member’s Representational Allowance funds are taxpayer dollars. As such, the use of these funds must be exercised with the utmost efficiency and transparency. A loophole currently exists that allows members of Congress to fly first-class at the expense of the taxpayer.”

    Gosar believes the same federal restrictions that ban the military from first-class travel should apply to Congress as well and hopes the Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act will reflect this, encouraging Congress to be “judicious in the travel and expenses that are paid for with federal funds.”

    Gosar has submitted several other requests this week, all aimed at cutting wasteful spending. In a press release Friday, Gosar is quoted as saying, “One of my top priorities is eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the bloated federal bureaucracy.”.....snip


    Read more: Rep. Gosar, R-Ariz., submits request to prohibit Congress flying first class - UPI.com

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Personally I think elected officials in DC should have barracks style housing and chow halls similar to lower enlisted infantry troops in the late 1990s and early 2000s had and they all hop on an armored bus together to an from work and any after COB activities is paid for out of their pocket, if they go to a club,restaurant, fund raiser or some other activity then they pay for their own transportation, salaries of their security and other expenses.
    Heya JR. I agree with you on that one. They could have dormitories and a chow hall. Pay a portion for their space. Just like College Kids. Half of them need to be Educated anyways.....so if they are not a First timer or Junior Senator. They get the beginners rate. Anyone making a Career out of it and living off Government their Whole life. Then should be throwing up some Boku dollars to the Government for having the American people Kissing their ass.

    Also to include their Edumacation by Reality and the Country.

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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Why is the President not on the list?

    Why isn't the poll "Should the President and members of Congress be required to fly coach?"

    It would appear that, so far, nearly everyone on this thread want the titles to changed to "Emperor Obama" and "his subordinate non-management employees in Congress."
    I don't think the President travels often (if ever) by commercial flights due to security concerns and it would be different if Congress members were traveling via some government means that was more private, like Air Force One and their reason was security concerns. But if they are traveling like the rest of us, on commercial flights then there is no valid security concern they can make in why they should be in first class vice coach since nothing about first class makes a passenger on an airliner safer.
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Why is the President not on the list?

    Why isn't the poll "Should the President and members of Congress be required to fly coach?"

    It would appear that, so far, nearly everyone on this thread want the titles to changed to "Emperor Obama" and "his subordinate non-management employees in Congress."
    Please start another thread on your never-ending bashing of the President. You could even include his family and just pick on DIMS, since Jackie Kennedy started Air Force One as we know it .
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Anyone got pics of what First Class look like? So that we can see what Our Servants are experiencing. Here is one from a Boeing 747.


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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Yep! I've known this for quite some time since back in the days when I was on active duty. It's always pissed me off that members of Congress can fly 1st-Class but military personnel could not even if we paid for it and showed our military ID. The only way we can get around it is not to show such identification, but should something go down on the plane and it's discovered that you are an active duty servicemember in 1st-class, watch out...NJP or court-martial could ensue.

    Congressmen should fly 1st-Class only if they pay for it. Pay for the upgrade in seating assignment just like everybody else.
    I can't find any legitimate restriction on us ever flying first class if we pay for it with our money (now, this does mean though not being able to claim that ticket when turning in travel expense orders either even if you paid for it). You can face NJP or court-martial for trying to get the government to pay for it or for putting it on your government charge card, but not for simply being there. Many airlines have given free upgrades to militay members in uniform to first class on occasion. I have yet to see someone even punished for that (and that would at least be an iffy since it could be seen as a "gift" to a federal employee).
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