Education Secretary DeVos uses her private plane for work travel

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017|9:12 a.m.

WASHINGTON– Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses her personal plane to fly around the nation to visit schools and attend other work events as other Cabinet secretaries’ flying habits have actually drawn analysis.

Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said in a statement to The Associated Press that DeVos travels “on personally-owned aircraft” at zero expense to taxpayers. Speaking to the AP on Thursday, Hill would not disclose information about the design or any other attributes of the aircraft.

“The secretary neither looks for, nor accepts, any repayment for her flights, nor for any additional authorities travel-related costs, such as lodging and daily, although she is entitled to such compensation under federal government travel guidelines,” Hill said. “Secretary DeVos accepted her position to serve the public and is totally committed to being a devoted steward of taxpayer dollars.”

The concern of Cabinet secretaries’ travel came under scrutiny on Wednesday when Health and Person Provider Secretary Tom Cost dealt with an outcry over chartering five private flights last week for official company when other cheaper travel options were readily available. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., stated Democrats would look for a “complete accounting” of Rate’s travel from his department’s inspector general.

“Taxpayer funds are not implied to be used as a jet-setting slush fund,” Pallone stated.

DeVos, a long-standing charter and independent school advocate, is wed to Cock DeVos, the successor to the Amway marketing fortune. For many years, DeVos and her family have contributed countless dollars to Republican candidates and causes.

Hill stated DeVos pays for “all her travel expenditures including flights, hotels, and so on, out of pocket and at no expenditure to taxpayers.” Given that concerning office, DeVos’ only charge to the department was one roundtrip Amtrak ticket from DC to Philadelphia for $184. Her predecessor Secretary John King spent under $39,000 of federal government loan on travel during his very first months in workplace, inning accordance with Hill.

At her Senate confirmation hearing in January DeVos stated she wanted to waive her right to receive an income. However given that federal government rules require her to be paid, DeVos is preparing to contribute her wage to charity, Hill said.

However DeVos has likewise dealt with criticism over her usage of public dollars. DeVos encountered protesters at occasions she participated in early in her tenure and her security detail has actually been bolstered at an extra expense of some $7.8 million, prompting an outcry from some of her critics.

DeVos is not the only member of the administration to make salary contributions. In July, President Donald Trump donated his second-quarter income of $100,000 to the Education Department to money a science and innovation camp. But the gesture failed with some teachers, who mentioned that the check will do little to reduce the $9 billion cut to the Department’s budget plan that he has proposed.

Rate, a former Republican politician congressman from Georgia, chartered flights to a resort in Maine where he belonged to a conversation with a healthcare market CEO, inning accordance with a report in Politico. He likewise chartered flights to neighborhood health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. One leg was from Dulles International Airport to Philadelphia International Airport, a range of 135 miles.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated recently that the initial ask for use of a federal government plane for his European journey last month had to do with nationwide security and not his own individual convenience on his honeymoon.

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