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H.R. 3876 (115th): SWAMP FLYERS Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3876

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Raskin, and Ms. Jayapal) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the official travel of any senior political appointee on private aircraft, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Waste And Misuse by Presidential Flyers Landing Yet Evading Rules and Standards Act or the SWAMP FLYERS Act.

2.

Prohibition on use of funds for travel on private aircraft

(a)

In general

Beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, no Federal funds appropriated or otherwise made available in any fiscal year may be used to pay the travel expenses of any senior political appointee for travel on official business on a non-commercial, private, or chartered flight.

(b)

Exceptions

The limitation in subsection (a) shall not apply—

(1)

if no commercial flight was available for the travel in question, consistent with subsection (c); or

(2)

to any travel on aircraft owned or leased by the Government.

(c)

Certification

(1)

In general

Any senior political appointee who travels on a non-commercial, private, or chartered flight under the exception provided in subsection (b)(1) shall, not later than 30 days after the date of such travel, submit a written statement to Congress certifying that no commercial flight was available.

(2)

Penalty

Any statement submitted under paragraph (1) shall be considered a statement for purposes of applying section 1001 of title 18, United States Code.

(d)

Definition of senior political appointee

In this Act, the term senior political appointee means any individual occupying—

(1)

a position listed under the Executive Schedule (subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code);

(2)

a Senior Executive Service position that is not a career appointee as defined under section 3132(a)(4) of such title; or

(3)

a position of a confidential or policy-determining character under schedule C of subpart C of part 213 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations.