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H.R. 5232 (115th): Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2018 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5232

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Jones, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, and Mr. Tipton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To prohibit the use of funds provided for the official travel expenses of Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the legislative branch for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Coach-Only Airfare for Capitol Hill Act of 2018.

2.

Prohibiting use of funds for official travel expenses of Members of Congress and legislative branch employees for airline accommodations other than coach-class

(a)

Prohibition

Except as provided in subsection (b), no funds appropriated or otherwise made available for the official travel expenses of a Member of Congress or other officer or employee of any office in the legislative branch may be used for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations.

(b)

Exceptions

Funds described in subsection (a) may be used for airline accommodations which are not coach-class accommodations for an individual described in subsection (a) if the use of the funds for such accommodations would be permitted under sections 301–10.121 through 301–10.125 of title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations if the individual were an employee of an agency which is subject to chapter 301 of such title.

(c)

Rule of Construction

Nothing in this Act may be construed to affect any officer or employee of an office of the legislative branch which, as of the date of the enactment of this Act, is subject to chapter 301 of title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(d)

Definitions

(1)

Coach-class accommodations

In this Act, the term coach-class accommodations means the basic class of accommodation by airlines that is normally the lowest fare offered regardless of airline terminology used, and (as referred to by airlines) may include tourist class or economy class, as well as single class when the airline offers only one class of accommodations to all travelers.

(2)

Member of Congress

In this Act, the term Member of Congress means a Senator or a Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

3.

Effective date

This Act shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.