April 21, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Rep. Lieu Statement on Introduction of the Swamp Flyers Act to Stop Taxpayer-Funded Private Jet Travel

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) along with Representatives Gallego (D-AZ), Raskin (D-MD), and Jayapal (D-WA) introduced the Stop Waste and Misuse by Presidential Flyers Landing Yet Evading Rules and Standards (SWAMP FLYERS) Act.  The bill is in response to senior Trump cabinet officials using taxpayer funds for luxury jet travel.  According to media investigations, HHS Secretary Tom Price spent over $400,000 of taxpayer funds on private jet travel, including flying to meet his son for lunch. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spent over $58,000 of taxpayer funds on private and military jet travel. And Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin flew with his wife on a government jet to Kentucky so they could watch the eclipse.  The legislation would prohibit Trump Administration officials from using taxpayer funds for non-commercial air travel.

Upon introduction of this legislation, Mr. Lieu issued the following statement:

“I can’t believe we have to introduce a bill like this, but multiple Trump cabinet officials apparently believe taxpayer funds can be used for personal travel benefits.  This culture of corruption in the Trump Administration must stop. Secretaries Price and Mnuchin, and Administrator Pruitt owe the American people an apology, and they should pay back the costs of their luxury travel on the taxpayer’s dime.  Since Secretary Price’s actions are so egregious, he should resign immediately. The Trump Administration has already enlarged the swamp, but the tremendous disrespect shown to taxpayers by these senior officials is ridiculous. SAD!”

Ted Lieu

The full text of the bill can be found here.

Related Posts

World’s Only Solar-Powered Ferris Wheel Goes ‘Green’ For Earth Day at Santa Monica Pier

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Earth Day light show Thursday night By Chad Winthrop A Earth Day-themed light show is coming to the Santa Monica...

Samohi Vikings Frosh-Soph Defeat Culver City Centaurs in Final Seconds

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

2020 was a tough year for Santa Monica High School football as Covid-19 restrictions forced all high school sports to...

SaMo Pride Announces Return of Art Walk

April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

Annual event returns June 1-30 throughout downtown area By Timothy Michael In honor of Pride Month, SaMo Pride has announced...

Edify TV: Biking Increasing in Los Angeles

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Once considered among the worst places for cyclists, data shows that biking has increased substantially in Los Angeles. Learn more...

Santa Monica Police Bolster Patrols as Jury Deliberation Begins in Derek Chauvin Trial

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Santa Monica police say “no specific intelligence of any unrest”  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica police are increasing deployment of...

Robot Powered Food Delivery Program Expanding: Santa Monica Beat – April, 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Robot Powered Food Delivery Program Expanding * Two Men Arrested For...

County Holds Hearing on Effort to Split Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021

Los Angeles County Office of Education makes no decision, will return in June  By Sam Catanzaro A long-awaited public hearing...

Edify TV: Venice Handball Courts Encampment Cleared

April 18, 2021

April 18, 2021

Sanitation crews Thursday cleared a homeless encampment at the Venice Beach handball courts. Learn more in this video made possible...

Edify TV: $2 Billion Beverly Hills Development Proposed Near Westside

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

A developer wants to build a $2 billion condo and retail development flanking the Beverly Hilton hotel. Learn more in...

State Funds Two Additional Sustainable Housing Proposals in Santa Monica

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Proposals are designed to help with affordability and sustainability  By Toi Creel California is paving the way for environmentally-friendly housing...

Santa Monica City Council Rejects Proposed Ban of Certain Items at Protests

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Lawmakers vote down item 4-3 at meeting this week  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers rejected a motion this week...

Edify TV: LAFD Announces Likely Cause of Ballona Wetlands Fire

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The LAFD has revealed the cause of a March fire that destroyed five acres of the Ballona Wetlands. Learn more...

Shake Shack Set to Open in Santa Monica

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

NYC-based burger chain to open at Wilshire and 5th this weekend By Kerry Slater East Coast burger joint Shake Shack...

Restaurant Spotlight: Piccolo Bringing Fine Italian Dining to Santa Monica and Venice

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Latest restaurant from Chef Antonio Mure with two locations on Westside  By Timothy Michael An esteemed chef with deep ties...