The Daily Shot, Ricochet, June 28, 2017
Rep. Jason Chaffetz suggested Monday that members of the House and Senate receive a monthly housing allowance to the tune of $2,500. Why? Because it’s expensive to live in DC. (Wait. Didn’t Chaffetz resign or something? Yeah. He’s on his way out the door, but he’s not resigning until Friday.)
According to Chaffetz, he personally knows dozens of members who sleep in their offices. “Washington DC is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college, and a second place here in Washington DC.”
We weep for him, we really do.
Okay, so we’ll do the math. That’s an extra 30 grand every year. Multiply that by 535 members of Congress, and that works out to about $16 million. So that extra $30,000 is on top of an annual salary of $174,000 per year, plus health and retirement benefits. And they can already deduct up to $3,000 for living expenses while they’re away from home.
But sure, man. You can barely afford your “service,” so please feel free to reach into our pockets for more money. It’s not like we have our own mortgages to pay or anything. We’ll be happy to pay yours.