It seems that the topic of air-travel for the Speaker of the House has become a interesting topic in the news and on "The Hill" in Washington. It has been interesting to watch unfold considering that Madame Speaker Pelosi pledged to clean up washington once she got into power.
"Power = Perks" and it appears the Speaker has been looking for as many perks as possible including an upgrade to the plane provided by the military to fly her back and forth to San Fransicko. It seems that the same size plane provided to then Speaker of the House Hastert is not able to make the non-stop flight between D.C. & the Left coast without stopping to refuel. It has also been reported that the smaller plane would not be able to accomodate the staff, supporters, family, others that the Madame Speaker might like to give a ride to. In contrast to Speaker Hastert's use of the plane provided to the Speakers office:
"Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col Cathy Reardon tells ABC News that when Hastert used the plane, "it was himself, and he usually had one to three staff members and two security staff — members of the Capitol police force. His wife would sometimes fly, and he reimbursed the government for everyone," paying the government for the cost of a commercial flight to the same place. Hastert's office did not return a call for comment."
Now many have said that this topic is petty and the only reason it has been reported is to embarrass the Madame Speaker. Of course I am sure that the "Democratic" side of the party is treating it as "Petty" and not newsworthy and there are more important things to do like "Drain the Swamp" of corruption in Washington D.C.
"Late Wednesday afternoon, one of Pelosi's closest allies in the House, Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., chairman of the key Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defense, told CNN that the Pentagon was making "a mistake" by leaking information unfavorable to the speaker "since she decides on the allocations for the Department of Defense."
The same "Department of Defense" that "Foots" the bill for the Speakers travel on military planes and the cost of the larger plane requested by the Madame Speaker has been reported to be $300,000 per round trip...