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About John Barrow's bill to require Congress to fly coach

Yes, it’s an election-year gimmick. And no, it has no chance of passing.

Still, it may be the best, and most shameless, name for a bill since – well, since ever: “If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act” (H.R. 4632).

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, who may not know the identity of his GOP opposition until July, is one of the four authors. (Two are Republicans.)

Writes Barrow about the IOMHTFCTSSCA:

“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.”

But only a start. Next up:

“If I Have to Drive a Car With 250,000 Miles, a Cracked Side Mirror, And Kid Goo On The Seats, Then So Should Congress Act.”

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