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5/14/2014
That's the spirit
What's good for the troops is what's good for Congress.

Democrats and Republicans introduced a bill designed to prevent Congress members from using taxpayer dollars to fly first class.

The bill is called, "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then So Should Congress Act."

The two Republican and two Democratic congressmen behind the bill reason that in times of fiscal challenges, Congress shouldn't be buying high-priced tickets for themselves or their staff. In other words, they aren't to be acting more special than the troops — and for that matter, many others in this country.

A few exceptions will be made, such as in the case of a disability. But, the emphasis is on "a few."

The choice of coach over first-class isn't new to Alaska's congressional delegation. For example, Sen. Ted Stevens flew coach routinely. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sits in coach.

It can be done, and it's done by Alaskans, who have some of the longest distances to fly between their home state and Washington, D.C.

This bill should be quickly adopted and signed into law by President Obama.

Then Congress might look at other privileges it enjoys that exceed the ones given the troops.