1) The House Sergeant at Arms, not Pelosi, initiated inquiries into the use of military aircraft.
House Sergeant at Arms Wilson Livingood, who has served in his position since 1995
, released a statement today clarifying the facts. He writes, "In December 2006, I advised Speaker Pelosi
that the US Air Force had made an airplane available to Speaker Hastert for security and communications purposes following September 11, 2001." Additionally, Livingood writes, "I offered to call the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense
to seek clarification of the guidelines [which governed Speaker Hastert's use of a plane]." 2) A larger plane was requested because Hastert's plane required refueling to travel cross-country.
The Washington Times says a larger plane was requested to accomodate Pelosi, "her staff, other Members and supporters." That's not true. In fact, the plane used by Speaker Hastert was too small for Pelosi since it "needs to refuel every 2,000 miles and could not make the nonstop haul to California
. 'The Air Force determined that [Pelosi's] safety would be best ensured by using a plane that has the fuel capacity to go coast-to-coast,'" a Pelosi spokesperson said. Think Progress