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WATCH: Passenger Asks Rep. Rodney Davis ‘Congressman, Do You Think It’s Appropriate to Fly First Class While 57 TSA Agents Aren’t Being Paid?’

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UNITED STATES - MAY 10: Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., leaves the Capitol following the final votes of the week on Thursday, May 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) // Rodney Davis during flight. (Huffington Post)

Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) was confronted by a fellow airplane passenger who questioned his decision to fly first class from Chicago to Washington, D.C. as the government shutdown—now in its 33rd day—rages on.

“Congressman, do you think it’s appropriate to fly first class while 57 TSA agents aren’t being paid?” the passenger, who has not been identified, asks in the video.

Davis did not answer.

“Taking that as a yes,” the passenger says. “Taxpayers paid for this flight? Fair enough.”

Davis’s spokesperson, Ashley Phelps, told The Huffington Post that Davis did not use his taxpayer-provided budget to purchase a first-class ticket and had never done so.

“There was no additional cost to taxpayers,” she told the outlet in an email. Davis did not respond to requests for comment.

“Members of Congress can have the government pay for regular flights to and from their home jurisdictions, as maintaining constituency contact is part of their job,” The Post‘s Akbar Shahid Ahmed notes. “Unlike the paychecks of TSA workers, as well as those of hundreds of thousands of other federal government workers affected by the shutdown, those paid flights do not go away during a government shutdown.”

The sight of a Congressman enjoying a first class flight as federal workers are forced to go without their paychecks, however, did not go over well.

Davis has gone on record supporting President Donald Trump’s attempts to “compromise” and end the shutdown, which began after the president refused to sign a stopgap funding bill which would have averted a shutdown because he disagreed with Congress’s decision not to provide the funding he’d requested for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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