Vote 'YES' on H.R. 1359 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Vote 'YES' on H.R. 1359

Letters to Officials

May 14, 2013
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) recently introduced H.R. 1359, the Congressional Foreign Travel Cost Disclosure Act, a bill that would bring transparency to taxpayer-funded overseas trips taken by members of Congress.  On behalf of the more than 1.2 million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

The military maintains a specially outfitted VIP fleet of aircraft, stationed at Joint Base Andrews, costing up to $10,000 per hour to operate.  Members of Congress often take advantage of these military aircraft for overseas travel, even in instances where commercial flights are readily available and more cost-effective.  While the cost of commercial airline travel is publicly disclosed, the cost of travel on military-owned jets is not provided.

H.R. 1359 would require the Secretary of Defense to determine and disclose the cost of foreign trips for members of Congress using military aircraft.  These costs would then be publicly reported online through the Department of Defense website.

Military aircraft is necessary when flying into war zones or U.S military installations overseas; however, the military fleet is too often used to shuttle members of Congress back and forth to and from locations served by commercial airliners.  Legislators should be held accountable for every bill footed by taxpayers.

All votes on H.R. 1359 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2013 Congressional Ratings.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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