Rep. Rod Blum Offers Amendment to Ban Taxpayer Funded First Class Flights

Joins Reps. Graham (D-FL), Gosar (R-AZ) to offer bipartisan amendment to legislative branch appropriations bill

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Washington, DC, May 18, 2015 | comments

Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Reps. Gwen Graham (D-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) offered an amendment to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act which would prohibit funds from being used to pay for first class travel for Members of the House of Representatives. Rep. Blum will testify in support of the bipartisan amendment today at 5 PM EST before the House Committee on Rules.

“This is not a partisan issue: members of the House of Representatives don’t need special taxpayer funded perks like first class travel to do our job. By adopting this amendment, the House can take a concrete step towards showing the American people that we are serious about good stewardship of taxpayer money -- while holding ourselves accountable at a time when approval ratings for Congress remain near all time lows.”

A Live Stream of the Rules Committee Hearing can be found here:

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.


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