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Buttigieg ‘glad’ for federal audit on his use of government planes

DOT stated in December that the 18 flights Fox Information highlighted — to locations that included Las Vegas, Montreal and Oklahoma — price taxpayers just below $42,000. The audit was originally requested by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who has since called for Buttigieg’s resignation over his dealing with of the prepare derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Any government official can use the fleet, if they will exhibit to the satisfaction of the company’s ethics division that the flights might be more cost effective than flying business, or for safety or scheduling causes. FEMA officers and Nationwide Transportation Security Board accident investigators are sometimes frequent customers of the planes, and it’s not uncommon for prime DOT and FAA officers, in addition to the heads of different companies, to use them when warranted.

In 2018, POLITICO reported that former DOT Secretary Elaine Chao took the identical FAA-owned planes on seven journeys, costing taxpayers an estimated $93,977, together with a $68,892 journey to and round Europe for her and 5 staffers.

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