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May 28, 2007

House ban on non-commercial air travel lasts 118 days

From CQ Today Midday Update:
The House has eased up on one of the restrictive ethics changes adopted at the start of the 110th Congress. By voice vote, the chamber ended a ban on traveling by non-commercial aircraft.

That rule had been imposed to take away an avenue of lobbyist largess, but it became a major irritant to lawmakers who fly their own private planes.

The new rule (H Res 363) was adopted with no debate during 39 seconds of procedural action just before midnight [May 2].

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