Late Tuesday, the House of Representatives authorized a bill that would reduce Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's government salary subsidised by taxpayers to a mere $1.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced the bill, which was approved by voice vote on Tuesday as an amendment to the 2024 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, as Fox News reported.
The approved bill is the standalone funding bill for the Securities and Exchange Commission, General Services Administration, and other related agencies.
"I’m proud to announce my amendment to FIRE Pete Buttigieg just PASSED the House. Pothole Pete staged fake bike rides to the White House and used private planes funded by taxpayers to receive awards for the way certain people have sex," Greene said in a social media post Tuesday. "American taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying for his lavish trips or his salary."
"Pete Buttigieg doesn’t do his job. It’s all about fake photo ops and taxpayer-funded private jet trip to accept LGBTQ awards for him," Greene added. "I’m happy my amendment passed, but he doesn’t deserve a single penny."
Buttigieg has under heat from Republican lawmakers for his handling of various transportation department crises since he took office in 2021.
For instance, Buttigieg was condemned in February after a train carrying vinyl chloride, a deadly colorless chemical, derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. He was accused of doing nothing and waiting weeks before visiting the site.
During his presidency, commercial airlines have cancelled flights for large numbers of passengers for a variety of reasons, including a lack of pilots. Both Republicans and Democrats have urged Buttigieg to act swiftly to protect airline passengers from disruptions in service.
While Buttigieg has spent much of his time in office dealing with commercial delays, he has flown on at least 18 government-sponsored private jet trips.
According to data collected by Americans for Public Trust (APT), the cost to taxpayers for these flights is in the tens of thousands of dollars, prompting an ongoing investigation by the inspector general.
Buttigieg flew to and from Montreal on a government jet in September 2022. During his stay, he received an award for his "contributions to the advancement of LGBTQ rights" at an event hosted by a major Canadian gay rights organization.
Buttigieg's staff has further stonewalled additional details about his use of the executive fleet.
"Secretary Buttigieg continues to blow off the American people who simply want to know the true cost of his taxpayer-funded private jet trips," APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
"After multiple FOIA requests, a lawsuit, and an ongoing inspector general investigation, Buttigieg's office still refuses to provide vital details about using a private government jet for a swing state tour, which appears more akin to campaigning than official DOT business. Buttigieg looks to be politicizing his role and making it clear that he believes he’s above accountability and transparency, a dismissive attitude that seems to be endemic throughout the Biden administration," Sutherland said.
While his department and the White House were in heated negotiations with rail worker unions to avert a strike that could have had a devastating effect on the U.S. economy, the transportation secretary was on vacation in Porto, Portugal, drawing criticism last year. The Transportation Department at the time said that the travel was a "long-planned personal trip."