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Rep. Graham Wants to End Congressional Travel Perks

Gwen Graham Announing Legislation
Posted at 4:30 AM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 04:30:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --U.S. Representative Gwen Graham was in Tallahassee on Tuesday, announcing her second piece of legislation.

The Congressional Travel Perks Elimination Act would ban members of congress from using tax dollars to pay for first class airfare or long-term personal car leases.

This is the first of a series of "anti-perk" bills Graham has pledged to introduce, following through on a campaign promise to reject wasteful congressional perks in Washington.

"Nine months ago, I pledged if elected I would work to end wasteful Congressional perks. Today, I'm following through on that promise," Rep. Graham said. "It's a commonsense idea that Republicans and Democrats can both agree on: members of Congress shouldn't be able to charge taxpayers for first-class airfare or long-term personal car leases."

Graham says stats stow at times, more than 100 members of congress use tax dollars to pay for long-term personal cars leases - some ranging as high as $825 a month.