November 27th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Terry from West Texas

    Gosh. Sounds like a bribe to me. Some airline executives should be investigated. I wonder if any member of Congress refused to accept those flying discounts.

    November 27, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Tom

    I certainly don't understand how congress can help the citizens when they can't even relate to them. With all their perks, they don't have a thing to worry about. They sicken me.

    November 27, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. buckwheat

    We all know why they will lie and steal to get into government and the cushey perks they get. Google in House and Senate Perks and it will give you a run down of the money these leeches are costing us. Why does CNN not post the salaries of the people that it takes to keep the White House occupants comfy.. Compare it with former Presidents and let the chips fall where they may. The cost is staggering.

    November 27, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Silence Dogoode

    They should have to pay like everyone else. Conflict of interest? Duh!

    November 27, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    It's even worse than this. Those clowns show up at the gate with their free tickets and demand to be upgraded - often threatening the gate agents if there is even the slightest hesitation.

    November 27, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. mabel floyd

    congress has too many perkis–let them line up when doing a check in–pay the fees–let them be a citizen of a democracy–

    November 27, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. camwyatt

    Why am I not surprised.

    I guess 175K a year (on average) and a staff of 100 scheduling assistants isn't enough resources to plan and pay for trips.

    And no such thing as a 'last-minute' vote as bills and amendments are considered for months/years at a time and members of Congress are given ample time to prepare for a vote – or vote by proxy.

    For the rest of us...enjoy sitting on the tarmac American family and business person..ain't nobody got your back and you can kiss a travelers bill of rights good bye for the foreseeable future.

    November 27, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Mike

    If Congress inflicted the pain upon itself like it does to us we would all be better off. You can bet they will exempt themselves from the healthcare bill too. All of them are scumsucking bottom feeders.

    November 27, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Fan of Common Sense

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, they do it because they know they can get away with it. They know that the american voters are uninformed oblivious morons that will not hold them accountable for anything at the ballot box.....and they would be right.

    November 27, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Keith in Austin

    Of course they're exempted. Our liberal congress is royalty and silly things like this and State-run Healthcare are well-beneath them.

    November 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. RufusVonDufus

    Just another reason to feel like we are being used, abused and simply laughed at by all of our Washington representatives. For this and many other reasons I will not be voting for any incumbents for at least a few years. Hear that Brown and Wilson!

    November 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    Typical of the crooks we call Congress.

    November 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Squigman

    Another reason to mis-trust the elite elected. Where in our constitution, does it say that the elected officials of the nation should be given, nay, showered with special privledges. WAKE-UP Mr. and Mrs America. Finally realize that the people you allow to lord over you, will do so with pleasure as long as they can. The greatest motivators are still greed, and fear. And these people use both to their advantage.

    November 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Gary

    No flying fees for Congress? The same Congress who is fighting the President on a health care program that they themselves are using in a taxpayer subsidized health plan? Please give me a break! As much as they make and other perks Congress has, why can't Congress pay the same as the everyday Joe.

    November 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Hugo

    I believe there should be a special Tax on all elected officials, you know, tax our tax dollars. They should receive nothing more than anyone else working in Government. They should receive no benefits better than social security, medicare and a 401K managed by the very Wall Street raiders that stole everyone's money via hedge funds and then got bailed out, only to steal and horde that money.

    November 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. W Spivey

    These 535 Clowns get our money one way or the other. How quaint.

    November 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Jim

    This is wrong and should be stopped. But the real way to free congress from owing favors to big money is to have public financing of our elections. It would be pennies on the dollar compared to all the contracts and special lawas that go to their donors now.

    November 27, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Our EMPLOYEES, who are supposed to represent and protect us from misconduct and unsafe practices have worked out a better deal for THEMSELVES than they have for us...
    In MY small business, you get fired for that kind of behavior.

    What say you all? Should we just keep firing them all till the "get it?"

    OH, and term limits? If the office of the President has term limits, why not limiting the House and Senate too?

    November 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |