House Speaker John A. Boehner announced on Wednesday that members will no longer be allowed to travel by military aircraft on Congressional delegation trips.
The Ohio Republican told members that because of the spending cuts mandated by sequestration, he will cut the costs of the taxpayer funded trips by suspending the standard military aircraft and making members fly commercial.
The airfare costs would still be picked up by government funds, but it is far less expensive to fly commercial than it is to commission a military plane.
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What is interesting about this ties into what members of congress get versus what others have to deal with when it comes to expenses and cutting back.
We already know congress has been exempted from the pay cuts for the up coming sequester. Congress has a history of exempting themselves from laws they pass onto others. The public is told they have to abide by rules and laws passed down by congress. If congress had to reign in their excesses, they too would feel the effects of what they pass on to the general public.