BOEHNER TO FLY COMMERCIAL FOR DISTRICT TRAVEL
From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Republican House Leader John Boehner told reporters today that he will continue to fly commercial airlines to his home district in Ohio each week as House speaker.
That is a break from Nancy Pelosi, who has at times been criticized for her use of military aircraft.
The military flights actually began after 9/11 to secure the line of presidential succession. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, a Republican, was also flown home by the military to Illinois. Aides say Pelosi and Hastert each used the same type of 12-seat military aircraft. They add that aircraft can fly cross country to Pelosi's district non-stop without refueling.
GOP aides say Boehner would likely use military aircraft for other trips in the role of Speaker like overseas visits but for his weekly district travel he will fly commercial.
[Editor's note: This version of the story was changed to reflect that Hastert and Pelosi used the same type of military aircraft.]