JONES SPEAKS OUT AGAINST USE OF TAXPAYER MONEY FOR REPRESENTATIVES’ FIRST CLASS TRAVEL

Mar 19, 2014 Issues: Budget Spending and Taxes, Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) called for a prohibition on members of Congress using taxpayer money to purchase first class or premium airline tickets for themselves, noting that the practice should be considered wasteful under any circumstances but is particularly egregious given that the national debt is over $17 trillion.  In a letter to House Appropriations Committee leadership, Congressman Jones and two of his colleagues requested that language forbidding the use of tax dollars in this manner be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.  Expenses for representatives traveling between Washington and their home districts are paid with Member’s Representational Allowance funds, which, like all federal funds, are comprised of tax money.

“We in Congress have a responsibility to wisely use the American people’s money,” said Congressman Jones.  “Representatives should never secure their own luxury travel at taxpayer expense, but they especially should not do so when our nation is buried in $17 trillion of debt.”

Congressman Jones is a longtime advocate for responsible congressional travel and has repeatedly introduced a measure that would bring transparency to the cost of taxpayer-funded travel by members of the House and Senate who take international trips using U.S. military aircraft.

The full text of the letter is available at the link below.