November 10th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner to spurn military planes for travel home

Washington (CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner said Wednesday that he plans to continue to fly commercial airplanes to and from his Ohio home even after he becomes House speaker in January–a change from Speaker Pelosi's current use of military planes.

"I have talked to our security folks about the security that's involved in my new role. But over the last 20 years I have flown back and forth to my district on a commercial aircraft and I am going to continue to do that," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.

When Nancy Pelosi became speaker in early 2007 she began flying home to California on military aircraft, following the practice of previous speakers, like her GOP predecessor Dennis Hastert, who used Pentagon planes to go home to Illinois. Republicans criticized Pelosi at the time, accusing her of wasting of taxpayer money and requesting a much larger plane than others used.

But House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood, who handles security for House leaders, released a statement at the time responding to that criticism, explaining that he had requested larger military planes for Pelosi's cross-country trips. In February 2007, Livingood said, "The fact that Speaker

Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable."

As the top GOP Leader, Boehner already has a U.S. Capitol Police security detail that travels with him, but he when he takes the gavel as speaker, his security, as Pelosi's did, will grow larger. The speaker of the house is second in line to the president of the United States.


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  1. BruceFLL

    The issue with this decision is that Mr Boehner will be 3rd in line of succession to be Acting President and so should consider the use of more secure transportation for the interest of national security. This publicized decision by Mr Boehner is pure politics, as usual. He should reconsider in the interest of national security and he has probably been told that already by the Secret Service that has probably told him in strong terms that they have objections to his plan.

    November 10, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let them ride the bus like the "tea party" people to show them you're cutting spending. Americans still pay for commercial travel Mr. Boehner, so what do you want, a cookie.

    November 10, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. keepstufingthis

    Good move on Boehner's part, will show a difference between he and that idiot Pelosi, but your reporter must be a product of NEA/democrat liberal civics. The Speaker of the House is third in line to the POTUS, or perhaps the line is just poorly written.

    November 10, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Sean

    How about the corporate jets to his golf course, will he spurn goldman sachs and jp morgan? I think not/

    November 10, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ride the bus like the "tea party" people to show them you're cutting spending. Americans still pay for commercial travel Mr. Boehner, so what do you want, a cookie.

    November 10, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. tewrobert

    Thats a step in the right direction for House Republican Leader John Boehner. That wasnt good enough for that old Hag Pelosi, She didnt care what the people wanted, SHE had her friends in the senate and thats all she felt she needed, So she thought she needed first class all the way, I wouldnt let her ride in a city garbage truck.......
    I cannot for the life of me imagine any of our enemies wanting her dead, She was their biggest asset, She about broke the American people .........

    November 10, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. ja

    just don't expense it to the taxpayers

    November 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Whatever. Alot of people don't like you Mr. Boehener. Do you really think that's a smart thing to do? You must have not seen the movie Air Force One.

    November 10, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Coorection: The movie is Executive Decision.

    November 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Dean

    Up yours, Pelosi!

    November 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Evan

    "The speaker of the house is second in line to the president of the United States."

    I realize we haven't heard much from Joe Biden over the last couple years, but I believe we do still have something called a Vice President. I'll have to check to be sure.

    November 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Give me a break!

    you're not fooling anyone orange man...don't try and shmooze the public by your ridiculous "conservative" garbage...those military planes are important to the Speaker of the House's security! YOU ARE THE THRID person in charge and you want to risk that?! you're an idiot yes, but this big of an idiot? figures...

    November 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Richard

    The Speaker-to-be is #2 in line to be President of the United States. I don't want him or the current Speaker to be put in harms way. Use a military plane Mr. Speaker.

    November 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Chekov

    The Speaker of the House is second in line-of-succession after the Vice-President. And President needs to be capitalized.

    November 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Russ

    John "Don't make me Cry" Boehner! this guy is gonna get made fun of so much!

    November 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. FrancoFab

    Please speaker-elect Boenher, publish your flight schedule well ahead of time so we, normal mortals, will make arrangements to avoid the commercial flights, times and airports you are using...Can anyone imagine the added security around him and the huge inconvenience for regular "cattle-class" passengers when he is around? Do you think that the security detail is NOT going to increase and with it the cost? Pleeease, people focus on the real problems – the electoral campaign is OVER! Speaker, travel safe, secure and out of our way! You ain't going to balance the budget with this one!

    November 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. RichP, easton, pa

    You telling me there is not a daily military flight into wright pat in Dayton from Andrews afb or one of the other bases. I find that hard to believe, it may be a C130 or something not quite as comfortable as a civilian aircraft but it is only a 45 minute hop. He'd also have free parking on base too.

    November 10, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    We are already seeing a new attitude in DC. It's good to see a change even if it does not represent billions of dollars.
    The American voters should be pleased so far with their choices last week.

    November 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Monster Zero

    Do you think maybe Bohener unlike Pelousy gets it, it is that million here and million there that these DC politicians waste while "serving the people" that all add up along with every other dime the government continues to spend foolishly and needlessly. How much do you think Barry and Michelle with their 600 security personnel entourage are spending while our Nation goes bankrupt and 13 million unemployed people look for next months mortgage payments. They seem to spend solely based on what the President before did regardless of the Nations fiscal situation, like they are entitled to spend it regardless of their carelessness and ENRON accounting practices...I want to puke!

    November 10, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. SayWhat

    "When Nancy Pelosi became speaker in early 2007 she began flying home to California on military aircraft, following the practice of previous speakers, like her GOP predecessor Dennis Hastert, who used Pentagon planes to go home to Illinois."

    This is breakthrough stuff, Big John. I am sure that you, your security detail and staff are going to fly coach so it will not cost the taxpayers too much money.

    November 10, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Not an idiot

    Unless it is coming out of you pocket it still will be at the taxpayers expense.

    November 10, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Ted

    BEing that he is second in line for the presidency, I wonder how long they will allow him to fly commercial?

    November 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    This will change!! He's just trying to show that he is DIFFERENT and not about spending tax payer’s money. No way will he be able to take a COMMERCIAL PLANE and have the security he most likely needs... STOP Profiling Boehner!!! You will end up spending the Tax-Payer's money!!

    T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 Moving America Forward!!!

    November 10, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Rev Mike

    And just who pays for the cost of the security team on those flight? Would a military flight be cheaper?

    November 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. madmatt

    Boehner announces he will VIOLATE THE LAW every time he flies home...that should be enough to arrest the scumbag.

    November 10, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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