Air Force to fly Congress to Florida

October 22, 2013

Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week.

Mr. Young was the senior Republican in the chamber, and the move to close down business is a mark of respect for him — though it also means that there will be no floor votes and that many committee meetings have been canceled, cutting short what was already a mostly empty week. The House’s hearing examining the health exchange rollout will continue as planned, however.

After passing a deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government, the Senate went on an 11-day vacation. The House was slated to be in Tuesday evening through Thursday but will now just be in for a day and a half, with the chief business a vote on a public works legislation.

House officials told lawmakers to be ready to leave Washington from Joint Base Andrews early Thursday to make the funeral in Largo, Fla., and then plan to return late in the evening.

A Pentagon spokesman couldn’t say how much it will cost to fly the members to Florida for the funeral.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • mogul264 says:

    They screw us with their CR crap, and raising the debt limit, THEN decide to reward themselves with a Florida vacation under the guise of ‘honoring a fallen House member’ !

    They should, at the VERY least, have to ride as our troops do, in a C-130, or C-5 or similar, rigged with strap seats, absolutely MINIMAL leg room, and few toilets! However, I’m sure the ;military’ planes they will ride are actually contract transports, essentially commercial airliners with comfortable seats, flight attendants, and liquor! Real hardship!

  • Smeethow says:

    Fly them down and leave them there. We need new people in their “jobs” any way.

    1. grannyk says:

      Don’t leave them here just keep going south west and drop them off in Mexico

      1. Smeethow says:

        Maybe we should just keep going to the south pole

  • JONDO says:

    Make them walk or at least pay there own fare, They haven’t earned the right to use our military planes for free. If they do get away with it dump them all off in Mexico on the way back.

    1. culper355 says:

      Amen to that!

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