Democrats propose a "Congressional Animal House"

  • 22 July 2019
  • NormanL

It's no secret some members of Congress are eager to find ways to earn more money. Democrats tried (and failed) to increase their pay a few weeks ago. But the never say die attitude in the Democratic caucus remains strong. The new idea? Taxpayer-subsidized housing for members of the House of Representatives:

Democratic members of Congress want taxpayers to subsidize their housing, signing onto legislation that would allow them to deduct living expenses for members of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.) introduced a bill that would ban members of Congress from sleeping in their offices and would change the tax code to allow House members to deduct their spending on housing in D.C. up to $3,000. The deduction would not apply to senators.

Thompson has also proposed turning a vacant building near Capitol Hill into apartments for House members at the expensive of taxpayers...

Citizens Against Government Waste said Thompson's idea was bad enough to earn him the dubious honor of "Porker of the Month":

CAGW President Tom Schatz said, “Public service is not supposed to be comfortable or luxurious.  Taxpayers send these men and women to Washington to work and pay them a salary that is more than three times that of an average American. Congress should focus on getting America’s fiscal house in order and spend less time trying to create a Congressional Animal House.”

And until then, they are all on double secret probation.