Boehner Stops Congressional Flights on Military Aircraft

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is suspending all military flights for congressional travel abroad under sequestration, according to a House leadership aide. The move is being made as part of the reductions in spending that congressional offices also have to undertake thanks to the across-the-board cuts.

The aide said that would cover all flights, including to Afghanistan, which could significantly cut down on the number of congressional trips, known as codels, during the next congressional recess. The move has the support of at least one House lawmaker, as Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) had written to Boehner on Tuesday urging him to cancel all codels unless they were to visit troops in war zones.

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