Washington, DC - Today Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) introduced measures to prohibit Members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars to fly first class or lease personal vehicles. Blum’s amendments to the national security appropriations bill have been submitted to the Rules Committee, which will determine whether they will get a vote by the whole House.
“Americans’ hard earned tax dollars shouldn’t go towards paying for politicians to fly first class or lease personal luxury vehicles.” said Congressman Blum. “There are currently no restrictions on flying first class on the taxpayer’s dime, and Members of Congress can spend up to $1,000 of tax dollars a month leasing a luxury vehicle of their choice. This is ridiculous and needs to stop now. Being in Congress should be about public service, not enjoying perks funded by Americans’ taxes. I call on the Rules Committee to make both these amendments in order today so that the House can have an up or down vote on these common sense measures.”
As Co-Chairman of the House Term Limits Caucus, Congressman Blum is a leading voice for cleaning up Washington, DC. In addition to his efforts to eliminate first class flights and personal car leases, Congressman Blum has also backed measures to eliminate the cadillac Congressional pension plan and to cut pay for Congress until the budget is balanced.