New Bill Would Ban Congress From Using Taxpayer Funds for First-Class Travel

Career politicians, particularly in Congress, sometimes get into a habit of living large on the taxpayer’s times.  Two freshman Congressmen are looking to change that at least when it comes to first-class travel, and have announced the Congressional Travel Perks Elimination Act.

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“Nine months ago, I pledged I would work to end wasteful Congressional perks. Today, I’m following through on that promise,” Graham said. “It’s a common sense idea that Republicans and Democrats can both agree on: members of Congress shouldn’t be able to charge taxpayers for first-class airfare or long-term personal car leases.” – Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla.

“Members of Congress don’t need taxpayer funded perks like first class travel and long term car leases to do their job. America’s founders never intended for public servants to live a life of luxury paid for by everyday Americans. That’s why I’ve made it a high priority to back legislation which reforms Congress and ensures good stewardship of U.S. taxpayer dollars.” – Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa

The bill would stop lawmakers from being able to use taxpayer funds to lease luxury cars or two fly first class.  Rominia Boccia, a fellow at Heritage, calls this common sense way to reduce waste, and most importantly, one that would “…help establish the moral authority for lawmakers to modernize outdated, but popular, entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.”

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