By Bob Unruh
Â©Â 2010Â WorldNetDaily
AÂ Florida congressman plans to offer an amendment to the 2011 Defense Authorization bill that would require HouseÂ Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fly coach â€“ just as she requires of other Congress members.
The CaliforniaÂ DemocratÂ commutes across the continent in a jet provided by the military, a policy firstÂ authorized for the HouseÂ speakerÂ following the 9/11 terror attacks.
For example, a receipt for “in-flight services” for the HouseÂ speakerÂ included a list that looked like a dream order for a wild frat party: Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish CrÃ¨me, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey and Corona beer.
It was only part of the more than $101,000 taxpayers paid for “in-flight services” for Pelosi’s trips on Air Force jets over a two-year period, the Judicial Watch report said.
Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., announced today he applauded Pelosi’s new House rules-change that bans all members of Congress from flying firstÂ classÂ on the taxpayer’s dime.
And to help theÂ speakerÂ enforce the new rules, Posey said in an announcement, he is offering an amendment to the FY 2011 Defense Authorization bill which requires theÂ speakerÂ to lead by example and also fly coach. The move, he said, would spare taxpayers the $28,000 it costs per flight for her personal military aircraft when she travels back and forth to herhome in San Francisco.
“I’m glad theÂ speakerÂ decided to create these new standards for cost savings and transparency,” said Posey. “But the rules must apply to every member in order for them to be effective and my amendment would do just that. Every time theÂ speakerÂ boards her personal military aircraft it costs the taxpayers approximately $28,000 a flight. The leader of the people’s House should travel just like everyone else.”
Posey said he submitted the amendment to the House Rules Committee for consideration.
It would take effect when the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 is enacted Oct. 1.
Posey also suggested theÂ speaker’s office should work to release the House floor schedule earlier so members have enough time to make travel plans and can avoid having to make costly, last minute changes to their travel itineraries.
It was several weeks ago when Pelosi confirmed the orders for members of Congress to fly coach or economyÂ classÂ for flights both domestic and overseas, unless the trip is more than 14 hours.
At the time, the CaliforniaÂ DemocratÂ told the Associated Press, “These travel policy announcements are part of our continuing effort to ensure transparency and accountability in congressional management.”
Today, her office declined to respond to a WND request for comment about the Posey proposal.
It has been reported that one estimate for travel expenses for House committees in 2009 was $8.7 million while the Senate reported about $5 million.
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