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    Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Why Are Members of Congress Using Your Money to Fly First-Class?

    Last year, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a feature titled, The Pampered World of Congressional Air Travel. The story detailed the cushy and expensive travel bookings Congressman and Senators make on a regular basis with frequent trips back and forth to their home states and districts. The cost to taxpayers is enormous, but could be much less if they'd simply swallow their pride and sit in coach with the rest of us.



    "There is no more pampered class of air traveler than members of Congress.

    At Washington’s Reagan National Airport, they have their own special parking spaces—right up close to the terminal—that they don’t even have to pay for. As Bloomberg Television’s Hans Nichols reports, this perk costs the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority $738,760 in foregone revenue.

    To members of our fly-in-Tuesday-fly-home-Thursday Congress, these perks are a big deal. Most fly a lot, and many fly first class. They don’t just jet home to their districts. Sometimes, they’re jetting around the world at taxpayer expense ($23,646, to be specific), as Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas did in February. "

    "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. 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," the request states. "If federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from traveling first-class, this same standard should also apply to Members of Congress."

    "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.....snip~

    Why Are Members of Congress Using Your Money to Fly First-Class? - Katie Pavlich


    There you have it.....the loophole our servants always use. That they shouldn't be considered a privileged class. Yet that's exactly what they have become and use, manipulate, connive, and get around. Its high time it stops. They are no better than you or I. Nor any others. Time for our privileged servants to go back to just being servants. Perhaps if we actually started treating them like servants. They would get the message. What say ye?
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    Re: Should Members of Congress Be allowed to Fly First Class?

    Federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from flying first class?

    What?

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

    I think they should pay any difference between first class prices and economy out of their own pockets. The only airfare paid should be back and forth to their home districts.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I think they should pay any difference between first class prices and economy out of their own pockets. The only airfare paid should be back and forth to their home districts.
    I prefer we allow them to take a bus, maybe. They can ride the bus in first class.

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

    Recently we had a conference up here where alot of municipal workers, many of them on the Municipal dime were getting the best rooms we had at significant price increase and still had the nerve to complain about certain things that were free to begin with, I was really tempted to either call them out on it on the spot or contact their local newspaper.

    It was downright disgraceful.

    Any government employee who uses taxpayer money should get the most basic of the basic required to get through whatever it is. Now I also don't believe that necessarily means dangerous motel in Meth Town or a drunk pilot in a Cessna... wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from flying first class?

    What?

    I don't know what ban he is talking about with the Military.....unless he means like Troops that are shipping out for some type of training and using commercial aircraft.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    I don't know what ban he is talking about with the Military.....unless he means like Troops that are shipping out for some type of training and using commercial aircraft.
    Still not the case either

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    Federal restrictions prohibit members of our military from flying first class?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    I prefer we allow them to take a bus, maybe. They can ride the bus in first class.
    Mornin HB' .....there are some reasons that could allow them to travel in First Class. Here are 3.


    No Seats in Coach



    A federal employee may move to business class or higher if no seats are available in coach. However, this is only allowed in the event that taking another flight would interfere with the business to be conducted, the matter is of an urgent nature, and/or re-scheduling for another date is not an option. This would include meeting with dignitaries or in the case of imminent public emergency.


    Handicapped



    A federal employee may fly business class if they are handicapped or impaired to a degree that makes flying in coach not possible. Required mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, and/or assistive devices could qualify the employee for higher class flight accommodations. The employee must provide written verification from an accredited physician and certification must be re-verified every two years.


    Security



    Couriers or security officers accompanying high security documents or packages may fly in business class if no coach seating is available or if the need for additional security measures are required. Security details provided for the protection of officials or heads of state may fly in the same flight class as the official.

    Read more: Federal Business Class Travel Regulations | eHow

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    I think they should pay any difference between first class prices and economy out of their own pockets. The only airfare paid should be back and forth to their home districts.
    And if they have to travel abroad in the performance of their duties, i.e., member on Foreign Relations Commission, take a military or some other air transportation arranged by the government, not commercial 1st-class on the tax payer's nickel.
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