They make 174,000 tax dollars a year to do....well, not much, really, aside from vote to take even more tax dollars from Americans. Their base salary alone puts them in the top 5% of earners nationally. First class flights are not necessary to perform their duties. If they want to fly first class, they can shell out for that upgrade themselves. One of THE biggest problems with congress is they no longer have to ever live like regular Americans, so almost none of them even comprehend the daily life of most Americans. It's time to change that.