Here are two choice statements from Rep. Murtha following the Pentagon denying Pelosi’s jet request (as well as placing restrictions on who she can fly – see also: Pelosi defends request for jet). Note: Murtha chairs the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, so his threat does carry some weight:
“I don’t need to pressure them. I just tell them what they need to do.”
“Late Wednesday afternoon, one of Pelosi’s closest allies in the House, Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., chairman of the key Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defense, told CNN that the Pentagon was making ‘a mistake’ by leaking information unfavorable to the speaker ‘since she decides on the allocations for the Department of Defense.'”
Apparently, a nonstop flight and comfort are, somehow, in our national security interests – so much so that it is worthy of cutting the DOD’s budget.
Pelosi and Murtha’s attitudes and statements throughout this event frankly indicate where the leadership’s priorities are.