A bipartisan bill would prohibit members of Congress from buying first-class flight seats with taxpayer funds.

The four sponsors of the measure, Reps. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse passes bill expressing support for NATO McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown MORE (R-Ariz.), Raul RuizRaul RuizGrijalva calls for ‘unvarnished’ investigation into death of Guatemalan girl at border Over 30 cities oppose Trump proposal on immigration benefits Congress must act to ensure access to air medical services MORE (D-Calif.), John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowRepublican wins Georgia secretary of state runoff to replace Kemp The most important runoff election is one you probably never heard of Our democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget MORE (D-Ga.) and Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesHouse pays tribute to Walter Jones GOP leader presses Trump to agree to border deal House passes resolution honoring Walter Jones MORE (R-N.C.), said it would ensure lawmakers don't use taxpayer money to fly first class. They titled the bill the "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act."

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"At a time of massive deficits and with a national debt in excess of $17 trillion, members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats," Gosar said in a press release announcing the bill.

The legislation would allow for first-class travel to accommodate disabilities or medical problems. Otherwise, official funds for travel by lawmakers or staffers would be limited to booking coach seats.

"It's not enough to give lip service to cutting wasteful spending — we should set a good example. And not spending other people's money on first class travel is a good place to start," Barrow said in the statement.

Rep. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Bipartisan senators press Trump for strategy to protect Syrian Kurds Haaland displays trans flag outside office after Supreme Court decision on transgender military ban MORE (D-Ill.) introduced a measure two weeks ago that would only limit, rather than completely ban, members using taxpayer money to purchase first-class domestic airfare. 

Duckworth’s legislation would allow purchases of first-class seats if the flight was at least five hours or coach-class accommodations were unavailable in urgent travel circumstances. It would also allow an exception if first-class seats would "result in an overall cost savings by avoiding additional subsistence costs, overtime, or lost productive time while awaiting coach-class accommodations."