Many of you who fly often are usually flying either business or coach class because as we all know first class is expensive and can run you anywhere between $600-2500 or more depending on when you’re flying. Yet much of the stuff surrounding recent reports that four members of congress had proposed a bill that would bar members of congress from flying first class on tax payer money. This came into light because of the rising concern with members of congress having free reign to use tax payer money for their travel expenses despite them getting an allowance of $248, 511 to use for travel expenses. House representative Paul A. Gosar had submitted a request to the Committee on Appropriations to prohibit members of congress from flying first class on tax payer money. To a degree this is a good idea because the elected members of congress make enough money to afford to fly first class at their own expense. The fact that they get more than what most average Americans get in a single year. It’s the fact that someone is standing up and saying it’s enough already that members of congress are getting free rides at the expense of the people they serve.
Gosar’s request was filed on Tuesday May 13th and he was quoted saying ” Members of Congress are servants of the people and should not be considered a privileged class,”. Gosar then went on to say “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.” This was a long time coming because many people are feeling as if their elected officials are letting them down, but when members of congress are standing up to put an end to the wasteful spending when the country is financially crunched by a 17 trillion deficit and right now nobody can afford to waste any money from working people all the way through congress.
Anyone can see how this makes some members of congress feel when their colleagues are spending outrageous amounts of money on luxury accomodations when they make $174, 000 a year which is more than what most Americans make. It makes sense for the move to stop a lot of career politicians from supplementing their expenditures with tax payer money when it comes to their travel arrangements. Members of congress only fly when it pertains to business and job related travel and with the way money is being monitored it’s a step in putting the country in the right direction financially by putting an end to the wasteful spending that’s been contributing to the financial downfall of the country’s budget.
If this does go through it could give individual states the right to restrict what their elected officials can spend for their travel budget. This is a move that should have come years in the making when wasteful spending was the norm among the elected and privileged. Many career politicians will be faced with restrictions and it’s not just financial, but in other ways as well. With this move that’s being made to stop the abuse of tax payer funds to be used for luxury travel this could open doors to stop wastefulness in other areas of government as well.