Pelosi getting worried? Pelosi cutting congressional travel expenses.Submitted by meekandmild on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 16:25
WASHINGTON – House lawmakers traveling on official business will be sitting back with the tourists and spending their own money on souvenirs under new rules announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday.
Lawmakers and their staff will have to fly coach or economy class for almost all overseas trips, with business-class seats allowable only when a trip is more than 14 hours, Pelosi said. The new rule applies to domestic flights too.
"These travel policy announcements are part of our continuing effort to ensure transparency and accountability in congressional management," the California Democrat said.
They also come six months before congressional elections where government overspending is certain to be an issue.