Establishment Republicans rejected Representative Mary Miller’s (R-IL) amendment this week that would have revealed that Pete Buttigieg, the secretary of transportation, had taken 18 private, taxpayer-funded flights.
H.R. 3935, the Securing Growth for Robust Leadership within American Aviation Act, a measure intended to address persistent problems in the aviation sector, was the subject of Miller’s amendment proposal.
Miller put out her proposal to deal with the ongoing mystery concerning Buttigieg’s 18 taxpayer-funded private aircraft flights ever since assuming office in 2021 as a part of that. Data collected by Americans for Public Trust (APT) revealed that Buttigieg traveled to Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Ohio, and New Hampshire using two taxpayer-funded Cessna 650XL planes operated by the Federal Aviation Admin. In 2022, Buttigieg allegedly flew privately to Montreal, Canada to attend a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Former cabinet officials, including former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, utilized the exact same fleet a total of seven times with a cost to taxpayers of $94,000, according to Politico. Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), quit in 2017 after taking 26 flights aboard a private plane that cost the tax payers $1.2 million.
Miller commented on Breitbart News, saying, “Taxpayers want to know where Mayor Pete has been flying off to with their money as the train and aviation business crumble in our nation.
“While your trip was postponed or canceled, Mayor Pete took 18 covert flights on an FAA jet that was paid for by taxpayers. Mayor Pete destroyed commercial air travel through his COVID vaccination regulations and racial pilot hiring rules.” She said, “My amendment will compel the FAA to provide the logs for Mayor Pete’s covert private jet trips.”
This week, Miller stated on the House floor that Americans deserved “openness and oversight” about Buttigieg’s personal travel.
However, Miller’s amendment was rejected. The amendment was defeated by ten House Republicans because it lacked the two votes necessary to pass the House. Representatives Yadira Caraveo (D-CO), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Ted Lieu (D-CA) are the three House Democrats that voted in favor of the amendment.