Bill: No More First-Class Flights for Lawmakers
Taxpayers should only cover coach seats, House sponsors say
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2014 11:17 AM CDT
A bill would bar lawmakers from flying first-class.   (Maxene Huiyu /

(Newser) – If federal lawmakers want to kick back in first-class, they'll have to do it on their own dime—or so hopes a new House bill. "At a time of massive deficits and with a national debt in excess of $17 trillion, members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats," says GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, who is sponsoring the bill along with another Republican and two Democrats. Under the measure (dubbed the "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act"), lawmakers would have to fly coach if traveling using federal funds, except in cases of disability or medical issues, the Hill reports. Similar restrictions already exist for White House staffers, Fox News notes.