Congressmen lose luxury travel perk

May 14, 2010 6:41:13 PM PDT
Congress members have lost a luxury travel perk that was costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

Ending a 30-year practice that was exposed by ABC last month, taxpayers will no longer have to pay for the business or first class airfare of U.S. House members unless the flights are more than 14 hours.

On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the change, which took effect immediately.

The House also banned spending government travel money on personal items like drinks or gifts.

The new rule does not apply to senators.


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