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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pelosi to fly commercial

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will give up more than just the majority in the next Congress — she’ll be stripped of her right to use military aircraft.

Since becoming speaker in 2007, Pelosi has used Air Force jets for flights back to her San Francisco district. But once she becomes minority leader, Pelosi will be flying commercial, just like her congressional colleagues and most voters, her office told Politics Daily.

Only the speaker is afforded the right to use the military aircraft, Pelosi’s office told POLITICO.
"Wow, POLITICO. New low,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, adding, “this is not news to anyone.”

Hammill added that Pelosi already flies more on commercial planes because “all political and personal travel must be commercial.” In 2009, Pelosi used military planes for 38 flights to and from San Francisco, and took 71 commercial flights, according to her office.

Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he would not be using military planes for his domestic travel. “Over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on commercial aircraft, and I am going to continue to do that,” Boehner said earlier this month.

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