November 10th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. ReallY!!?

    What a refreshing change fr the elitist snob we had the wasted taxpayer money demanding military jets, throwing tantrums etc. Finally!

    November 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Video Guy

    As 2nd in line for the WH this clown is just Show Boating. He has no business flying commercial, it will only cause problems for the Air Ports and other passengers. If he does not like flying Military, he should quit the job and go home. Then he can say he put his country first.

    November 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Jack

    Oh, my, what a patriot, what a noble American. Boehner is a posturing jackasss. As speaker, he'd be second in line. Use your head. This move is stupidity wrapped up in a pretense of courage. He's a freaking wimp. Never done anything useful for America and never said anything without measuring the political wind direction first.

    November 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. runswithbeer

    Boehner is stupid. He's third in line for the Presidency. He's not thinking about the country's security. Or his or his family's safety.

    November 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Indie Woman in Denver

    OH, FOR GOD's SAKE! He lives in Ohio (MidWest), not the left coast. This is no great sacrifice, as he'd have us believe.

    November 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. dwayne

    GOP – JOBS – Where are the jobs?

    November 10, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Adalbert

    A typical meaningless and falls gesture from the tan man.

    November 10, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Gentle Critic

    I guess we'll see just how frugal Johnnie Boner is once he has that gavel in his hand and feels the power that a "poor boy done good " feels when he's made it in the world. I hope we get to see his tears and sobbing that very first moment he pounds the gavel and brings the House to order. actually be there and watch it would give me shivers up my spine.

    November 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Putting us all at risk

    Frankly Boner,
    I'd rather you'd use those military planes because your flying on commercial airlines puts innocent people at risk. Why would you put us all in jeopardy just because you're trying to make a statement?

    NO THANKS- you can keep your military plane.

    November 10, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. David

    Well there's a big "up yours" to Nancy!

    November 10, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    How so rethug of him. You are still a girly crying loser.
    The taxpayers still pay for his flights and parking and insurance, housing and I am sure all those drinks go on "business expense" reports.
    At least you will find out you are not as popular as you think you are orange man, a man among the people. barf!

    November 10, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Rose

    Good for John Boehner, now Pelosi will no longer be Speaker, does she get to keep her plane??? It sure does cost the taxpayers plenty for her trips.

    November 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Pretzel Logic

    6 hour flight to California from DC. 70 minutes between DC and Ohio. Nice posturing Agent Orange.

    November 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Third in line.

    November 10, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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