As the government is looking for new ways to eliminate the federal deficit, attention has now turned to members of Congress and their travels. This is why a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed new legislation that would set rules on how members of Congress could use government funds for air travel. The legislation would prevent the use of public funds to purchase first-class air tickets.
The bill was introduced by Representatives Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) The reasoning behind it is that flying first-class is a waste of money and that public officials who talk about cutting wasteful spending should set the example and fly in the most economical way possible. Jason Halpern agrees with that thought.. Lawmakers and their staff members could still elect to fly first-class, however they would need to pay for their tickets with their own funds. Only those who have certain disabilities or special medical needs would be allowed to use public funds for first-class travel.
Reactions about the new bill, called the Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill (COACH) Act of 2015, have been generally positive. Many online commenters have said that elected officials should be more careful about how they spend taxpayer funds and that measures which seek to prevent waste are long overdue.w they spend taxpayer funds and that measures which seek to prevent waste are long overdue.