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Boehner Cuts Congressional Use Of Military Jets

From the Washington Post:

Boehner to curb codels due to sequester

By Paul Kane | February 27, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is curbing taxpayer funding of congressional trips abroad as part of the belt-tightening prompted by automatic spending cuts that begin Friday, according to Republicans.

In a Wednesday meeting with his Republican Conference, Boehner told the lawmakers that delegations headed abroad are forbidden from using taxpayer-funded military aircraft once the cuts take affect, according to Republicans in the room. This includes trips to review ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, severely limiting lawmakers ability to visit the war regions

These trips, referred to as “codels,” are usually set up months and months in advance and include everything from visiting legislatures in other nations to reviewing the impact of climate change on the South Pole. In 2008, for example, members of the House and Senate spent $13 million on codels abroad.

Every House codel must be approved by the speaker’s office, giving Boehner broad leeway over these trips. Such a move would both save some money and provide symbolic cover from the potential criticism of lawmakers jetting to international events on military aircraft while other federal agencies get hit with steep spending cuts. Some codel destinations have long received scrutiny, including the annual Paris Air Show.

We don’t get to say this very often. But good for John Boehner! This might be the unkindest cut of all.

Some codels could still go forward if lawmakers were willing to fly commercial flights overseas, according to Republicans in the room. GOP aides suggested eliminating this perk — the single biggest privilege of traveling abroad — will essentially eliminate many non-war-related codels, but Democrats suggested that there are still many overseas trips that go by commercial flight.

Naturally the Democrats will try to find a way around this.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Boehner Cuts Congressional Use Of Military Jets”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Well, it’s a good first step.

    Hey, this is the 21st century. There isn’t anyplace on earth that can’t be accessed by air. The difference though, is that now national socialists will have to arrive via the local fare, that is, by the transportation afforded by the economy they are visiting, not the uber-mega-million dollar USAF-provided air-limo.

    When your Piper Appache (ca: 1970) twin is taking you to a dirt strip serviced by a guy with a Toyota pickup (also ca 1970) and a 55 gallon drum of gas that you suspect was left to leak water in the last monsoon, you may reconsider how you view the locals and the way they think. By arriving in the blue and white eagle of prosperity, you are denied seeing reality from the very start.

    It will also be hard to get the image out of your head, while the “dignitaries” of the local “government” whisk you around in (1970) Mercedes limousines and such, because you can’t bring your own 2013 Cadillac Escalade…and you’ll begin to wonder where these people learn to drive, along with their overall education level.

    I’ve said it for years that our governmental elitists traveling abroad on our dime in our hardware shields them from seeing reality. It also allows them to make it a show of going abroad without really having to sacrifice anything. The C-17 can carry many tons of food, vehicles, fuel, support equipment and so on.

    This will make an elitist think twice about flying to Botswana without the bug spray and the limo and the HUMV to take him around, along with the 33 staffers and the news pukes all tagging along on the government dime.

  2. This is good. Everything reasonable must be done to sharpen the contrast between the Celebrity-Spender-in-Chief and the real people who actually want to keep America from the inferno of bankruptcy.

    Nothing will happen until the low-information voters awaken from their slumber, though. God only knows what it will take for them to awaken to the nightmare they’ve crafted for themselves and all of us.

  3. yadayada

    it’s one thing to have them use military aircraft that are scheduled specifically for their use, like those described by Rusty. I have seen those. most soldiers and airman see it as an elitist waste of time and money. (if anyone can spot a double standard in .005 seconds it’s a soldier) but I hope boner will allow them to continue to utilize space available travel on military flights. that way they can still get around to a lot of places and to check on the troops wherever they may be, and still be a good steward of the tax payer dollar. minus there entourage of course. I’m curious which tea party rep suggested this idea to boner. elitist rino that he is, I simply don’t see him coming up with this on his own.

  4. I wanna see Princess Pelosi going home in Piper Appache. There wouldn’t be enough room in the entire plane for her usual top shelf liquor cabinet.


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