Ben Buchwalter


Congress’ Travel Hypocrisy?

August 7, 2009

There’s no doubt that Congress is nuts. But that fact was more pronounced when the Wall Street Journal reported in August that in the middle of the recession, after lambasting corporate executives for flying on personal jets after receiving taxpayer bailout money, the House approved $550 million to buy eight brand new jets for congresspeople and their staff. I spoke to Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics about Congress’ unsurprising lack of judgment. Here’s what he said:

“It’s obviously an economically difficult time in this country, so every decision such as this will be looked at with more scrutiny than in times of prosperity” says Dave Levinthal, communications director for the Center for ResponsiveĀ Politics. “There could indeed be outcry by citizens of this country.” But, he says, congressional accountability will depend on how incensed constituents get about wasteful spending. With the public focused on the healthcare debate, an issue that directly impacts their wallets, these kinds of proposals could slip below the radar.

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