Sending Office: Gosar, Paul A.
Request for Cosponsor(s)
The Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill (COACH) Act of 2017
Prohibit Members of Congress and Employees of the Legislative Branch
from Flying First-Class on the Taxpayers’ Dime
COSPONSORS (5): Brat, Brownley,
I ask you to support and become an original cosponsor of a bipartisan bill that would prohibit members of Congress and other employees in the Legislative Branch from flying first-class on the taxpayer dime by becoming an original cosponsor
of the Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill (COACH) Act.
Efficient travel to and from congressional districts contributes to the effective execution of the constitutional and official duties of members of Congress and Congressional employees. 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 and other employees in the Legislative Branch to fly first-class
at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.
Members of Congress and other Congressional employees are public servants of the people and shouldn’t be considered a privileged class. As such, we must be judicious in the travel expenses that are paid for with federal funds. 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 of nearly $20 trillion, such expenditures are especially wasteful.
The bill seeks to codify the same restrictions imposed on employees in the Executive Branch and our military (41 CFR 301-10.121 – 301-10.125) to members of Congress and
other employees in the Legislative Branch. While these rules would prohibit the use of official funds to purchase premium airfare, members and employees would be permitted to pay for upgrades at their personal expense or utilize airline loyalty programs. This
language allows for reasonable exceptions like accommodating a disability or other substantiated medical need.
If you have any questions or would like to add your support to the bill, please do not hesitate to contact Joshua Ronk at 202-225-2315 or at
Joshua.Ronk@mail.house.gov. Reintroduction is scheduled for the week of July 10th.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress
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