Text: H.R.626 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/16/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 626


To prohibit the use of official funds for airline accommodations for Members of Congress which are not coach-class accommodations, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 16, 2019

Mr. Wittman introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


A BILL

To prohibit the use of official funds for airline accommodations for Members of Congress which are not coach-class accommodations, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “No Congressional First Class Flights Act”.

SEC. 2. Prohibiting use of funds for official travel expenses of Members of Congress for airline accommodations other than coach-class.

(a) Prohibition.—No funds appropriated or otherwise made available during a fiscal year for the official travel expenses of a Member of Congress may be used for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations, unless the use of other than coach-class accommodations is necessary to accommodate a medical disability or other special need.

(b) Coach-Class Accommodations Defined.—In this section, the term “coach-class accommodations” means the basic class of accommodation by airlines that is normally the lowest fare offered regardless of airline terminology used, and (as referred to by airlines) may include tourist class or economy class, as well as single class when the airline offers only one class of accommodations to all travelers.

SEC. 3. Regulations.

The Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives (with respect to Representatives in, and Delegates and the Resident Commissioner to, the Congress) and the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate (with respect to Senators) shall each promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out this Act.

SEC. 4. Member of Congress defined.

In this Act, the term “Member of Congress” means a Senator or a Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

SEC. 5. Effective date.

This Act shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2020 and each succeeding fiscal year.


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