While accepting their newly-acquired role as “shuttle service” for the Speaker of the House, the Department of Defense is attempting to draw a line in the sand regarding congressional transportation with an updated directive on DoD Support for Travel of Members and Employees of Congress. Some of the language in the newly-released regulation (dated 15 January, 2010 – the first update since 1964) appears to be the direct result of lessons learned in dealing with Nancy Pelosi.
For the record, I don’t have a huge issue with DoD and the 89th Airlift Wing setting aside a Gulfstream for the Speaker of the House. After all, the Speaker is third in line of succession. The problem is, that’s not what the rules state right now. It looks like the DoD is finally getting around to updating the rules to more clearly specify under what circumstances family members or employees of Congress may fly on DoD flight.