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Chaffetz calls for $2,500
legislator housing stipend

The Hill [Washington, DC], by Scott Wong

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 6/27/2017 2:37:33 PM

Just days before he resigns from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Monday that House and Senate lawmakers should receive a $2,500 per month housing allowance — something he explained would help ease housing costs for members who can’t afford two mortgages or rents. “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Chaffetz told The Hill in an interview in his Capitol office, where he sleeps whenever he’s in Washington. “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be

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That loser can´t be gone soon enough which is Friday. That would cost us, as stated in the article $16M a year. While it´s not a huge sum, it´s difficult for me to be concerned about this. It´s also laughable that he said it would help the ´non-millionaires´ even though they would all receive it. Good. Grief. The article states he does plan on going to Fox News, but not what he will do. All I know is that I will NEVER watch him. He´s always been all talk and no action.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/27/2017 2:45:00 PM     (No. 11300607)

Our remote control is having trouble finding Fox News. It was thusly afflicted months ago and the only solution I could find was to go to Fox Business News, which is generally more sane except when they let in a rabid Dhim. They come as “guests” and never last very long. And if the programming is recorded on our DVR, they end up on the cutting room floor. Something our remote is very good at taking care of.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CaptSilver, 6/27/2017 2:47:33 PM     (No. 11300614)

Not only no, but hell no!! If any politician can´t make it on the present salary, resign and return to his/her previous employment, flipping burgers???

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 6/27/2017 2:54:30 PM     (No. 11300624)

I have a better idea, Chaffetz: cut the size of government about 75%. Eliminate three out of every four government jobs. There would then be PLENTY of cheap housing in D.C.

If you Republicans had done your jobs, instead of elbowing your way to the government teat, you wouldn´t have this problem.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Northcross, 6/27/2017 2:55:01 PM     (No. 11300626)

Can´t they all survive just like James Hodgkinson, living in their vans while they are in DC?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 6/27/2017 2:58:21 PM     (No. 11300635)

He was probably put up to this since he´s leaving and they want to see if it will stick to the wall. Ha! They don´t freakin´ earn what they are paid now for Tue-Thu for maybe 25 weeks a year. And they want more?! Fugeddaboutit and get to work on the people´s business. We´ve got your number you slackers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Northcross, 6/27/2017 3:02:46 PM     (No. 11300643)

I fully support the proposal as long as it is means tested such that anyone making more than $150K a year would not be eligible. Oh- ha ha- that would be all of them!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jinx, 6/27/2017 3:04:25 PM     (No. 11300645)

Sorry, I have no sympathy for them. They spend most of their time with their hands out for more money in order to keep their seats in Congress. If they don´t like the living arrangements, go home and work like the rest of us.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jackie, 6/27/2017 3:08:15 PM     (No. 11300652)

listen up Jason...Two words..HOMELESS VETS!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MainelySane, 6/27/2017 3:11:32 PM     (No. 11300659)

They´re only there 3 days a week.. and that´s only sometimes!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 6/27/2017 3:13:02 PM     (No. 11300662)

The simple solution is to build a trailer park on the National Mall when congresscritters can live. The best part of this is that their constituents have easier access to be heard when they are debating issues on Capitol Hill. Oh, and the dRATS would see the importance of building a wall to keep the voters out from registering their frustration at the gridlock on the Hill.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 6/27/2017 3:15:13 PM     (No. 11300669)

Nonsense. They make extraordinary incomes just from insider trading and k street "contributions".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Safari Man, 6/27/2017 3:18:10 PM     (No. 11300671)

How about a Virtual Congress. They all stay at home in their districts and telecommute to DC. Maybe 4 times a year they can get together to hob nob in DC.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Tegan, 6/27/2017 3:19:32 PM     (No. 11300675)

There´s always the YMCA. No one says they have to have two mortgages...there´s this thing called renting.
Would like to see a list of ALL the freebies they get, from medical to food to hair cuts, gym, secretary, postage, allowances for a variety of things, etc. poor people, guess their very generous salaries just aren´t enough to get by on....like most of us do (without the freebies.). And, notice he doesn´t mention the retirement salaries they receive for a minimum time in Congress...unlike those of us who out in 30 years for retirement benefits.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: hershey, 6/27/2017 3:32:48 PM     (No. 11300697)

You don´t call $2500 a month for ´housing´ a pay raise??? What ghetto public school did you attend?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: msjena, 6/27/2017 3:33:05 PM     (No. 11300699)

Do what the Democrats do--housing provided by donors.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Clipped wings, 6/27/2017 3:38:54 PM     (No. 11300708)

Live like GIs who are assigned to the Pentagon. Frugally. Go home!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 6/27/2017 3:44:15 PM     (No. 11300714)

Ummm . . . I thought about . . . for about 3 seconds. Nope! Not in the card for your "stipend" Chaffetz. Somehow "we" learn to get along on what we make . . . you can too.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Linda in Seattle, 6/27/2017 4:13:09 PM     (No. 11300744)

Chaffetz makes $174,000 a year. Yet, he thinks taxpayers who make about a quarter of that and have to pay for "benefits" that members of Congress get without cost should pay each member of Congress $2,500/month for a housing allowance. Compare what he´s asking to what we ask of and pay our military.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: trackman999, 6/27/2017 4:30:27 PM     (No. 11300774)

Deciding to run for congress was his choice. He wasn´t forced to.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hotcorner, 6/27/2017 4:41:07 PM     (No. 11300785)

Term limits, Chaffetz. How about 1 term and done? How about one 3 month session annually? Many of the states get along on this. I would rather have a rich man represent me than a corrupt poor one who gets rich off me. This guy cannot go soon enough.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 6/27/2017 4:42:09 PM     (No. 11300787)

So someone who makes over three times the average salary in the U.S. needs a housing allowance???? In your dreams, bud.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: crimea river, 6/27/2017 4:44:56 PM     (No. 11300792)

It´s a deal. Each year that Congress runs a surplus We the People will agree to a housing stipend.
OK?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: god of irony, 6/27/2017 4:45:52 PM     (No. 11300794)

Military officers are living in campers in D.C. to save money. Congress can suck it up.

If they shrunk and decentralized government that would be a tremendous help.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 6/27/2017 4:47:38 PM     (No. 11300797)

Some very pointed and excellent comments on this thread today. Along with the short work schedules, they don´t apparently even write their own landmark legislation anymore. So what on earth are these people doing with their time??

This healthcare legislation is a prime example. The insurance lobbyists are the ones writing it, not the members of congress.

I would be for pay CUTS long before I would ever agree to a housing stipend for these despicable and greedy sods. With the punishing premiums and fees that they are going to try and force down our throats AGAIN, we will barely be able to afford our own mortgages, let alone support these thankless parasites.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: watashiyo, 6/27/2017 4:48:11 PM     (No. 11300799)

Why not $10,000.00?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Jacksin5, 6/27/2017 4:53:00 PM     (No. 11300805)

No housing allowance and make them use Ocare for health insurance.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Proud Texan, 6/27/2017 5:12:18 PM     (No. 11300829)

I guess I am in the minority today. because I think this is a great idea. As we do this, we need to remove their retirement and taxpayer provided health care benefits for the rest of their life.
This would be a huuge step in taking them back to the idea of legislature job being a temporary job in their life, instead of a long term profession.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: mickturn, 6/27/2017 5:33:05 PM     (No. 11300846)

Here´s $2.50, suck up the rest!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Pros7767, 6/27/2017 5:39:33 PM     (No. 11300856)

Stop buying airline tickets and stay in DC and do your dammed jobs.

Use the money you save to pay rent. Better yet, get a roommate and split the rent since you´re all so broke!

Truly unbelievable.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 6/27/2017 5:45:27 PM     (No. 11300870)

Our Founding Fathers never intended for the Congress-critters to hang out all year in DC. They need to disband Congress most of the year, like Rick Perry recommended in his Presidential platform. You can try to "drain the swamp," or you can simply ban the tax-funded leeches from residing in the swamp.

Triple the taxes to live in DC, don´t subsidize it with my taxes!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: mc squared, 6/27/2017 5:52:56 PM     (No. 11300878)

Sounds cruel to deny someone who makes $175,000+/year a housing stipend.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rolfnader, 6/27/2017 6:01:42 PM     (No. 11300890)

Boo freaking boo!. When or if they leave, they get their full pay and health bennies until they die.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: dman, 6/27/2017 7:01:45 PM     (No. 11300953)

If the House chambers were moved to the heartland - say Tulsa, OKC, or Kansas City - housing costs would be less of a burden. Representatives would also be more "in touch" all those "deplorables" between the coasts.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jar, 6/27/2017 7:30:43 PM     (No. 11300980)

Try counting how many of these bozos really have two mortgages. Many of them are rooming together, four in one apartment, and some are sleeping in their offices.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 6/27/2017 7:54:31 PM     (No. 11301005)

Something fishy about that guy......

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Reply 36 - Posted by: 100percenttexan, 6/27/2017 8:33:38 PM     (No. 11301046)

If they cannot afford a second house in DC then they should be able to get a room at the BOQ (Bachelor Officer Quarters) at FT Meade. They could then take public transportation to work.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: berthabutt, 6/27/2017 8:48:35 PM     (No. 11301060)

Didn´t Shulkin announce the closure of 100´s of vacant VA offices and bldgs across DC and elsewhere? Conversion time! Put´em all up in a co-ed happy camper dormitory. They can take turns cooking, laundry and taking out the trash. Showing our Nation how they can do the work of The People in perfect harmony.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/28/2017 12:49:52 AM     (No. 11301225)

You asked for this job. Already you work part time and receive full time pay plus better health insurance than you plan on giving the poor schlubs that voted for you, plus a pension and perks.
When SS checks go up $2500 and vets get real medical care, we will consider it.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 6/29/2017 12:30:22 PM     (No. 11303055)

They don´t need to be in DC to govern the nation. It might go a long way towards breaking up the Washington Insider culture.

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In Federalist No. 68, his pseudonymous essay on “The Mode of Electing the President,” Alexander Hamilton wrote that the Electoral College could shield the United States “from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” (Snip) Hamilton and his colleagues never could have envisioned a year like 2016, when an enemy state—Russia—was able to manipulate America’s election process with stunning effectiveness. But it’s clear the national security rationale for the Electoral College is outdated and therefore it should be retired. Simply put, it enables foreign powers to more easily pierce the very shield Hamilton imagined

Why Obama Really Spied On Trump
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Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 9/20/2017 1:56:21 AM     Post Reply
Last week, CNN revealed (and excused) one phase of the Obama spying operation on Trump. After lying about it on MSNBC, Susan Rice admitted unmasking the identities of Trump officials to Congress. Rice was unmasking the names of Trump officials a month before leaving office. The targets may have included her own successor, General Flynn, who was forced out of office using leaked surveillance. While Rice’s targets weren’t named, the CNN story listed a meeting with Flynn, Bannon and Kushner. Bannon was Trump’s former campaign chief executive and a senior adviser. Kushner is a senior adviser. Those are exactly the

Bono: U2 Delayed Album Because
Trump Disrupted the ‘Moral Arc
of the Universe’

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Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Jerome Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/20/2017 11:53:48 PM     Post Reply
U2 frontman Bono unloaded on President Donald Trump in a Rolling Stone interview published Wednesday, revealing that his Irish rock band’s new album will take on the “bully on the bully pulpit” because “silence is not an option.” In January, U2 founding guitarist The Edge revealed that “Songs of Experience,” the band’s follow-up to its platinum-selling 2014 album “Songs of Innocence,” was delayed because of Trump’s election. Now Bono says “there’s a couple of reasons why we delayed Songs of Experience. One personal, one political.” “The world around us was certainly changing out of all recognition, we nearly lost the

Leaked: Watch MSNBC’s Lawrence
O’Donnell’s Unhinged Outtakes…
for Eight Crazy Minutes

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Mediaite, by Aidan McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 9/21/2017 7:51:53 AM     Post Reply
Lawrence O’Donnell had a really bad night on August 29, 2017.We draw that conclusion based on the above clip obtained by Mediaite, showing behind the scenes footage of a furious O’Donnell absolutely going bananas in what appear to be breaks in his show.The video, which lasts a full eight minutes, is a collection of clips from one evening (given O’Donnell’s consistent outfit) and show the MSNBC anchor fuming about earpiece malfunctions, blasting off obscenities and screaming at his staff. We were able to link it back to the August 29 show. After introducing a clip about President Donald Trump, O’Donnell pauses,

James Clapper: ´It´s possible´ that Trump´s
voice was picked up by Manafort wiretap

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Washington Examiner, by Daniel Chaitin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2017 12:59:23 AM     Post Reply
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested on Wednesday that "it´s possible" that President Trump´s voice was picked up in a wiretap as he spoke with his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. "It´s certainly conceivable," Clapper said on CNN. When asked by host Don Lemon if it was likely, Clapper said he couldn´t say, but again asserted that there is a chance. "I wouldn´t want to go there, but I will say it´s possible," Clapper said. (Video) A CNN report earlier in the week said that Manafort had been wiretapped under a FISA warrant over suspicions that Manafort had encouraged some

Gun-Wielding FBI Agents Busted into
Manafort’s Home While His Family Slept

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/20/2017 12:24:54 PM     Post Reply
Armed FBI agenst with guns drawn busted into Paul Manafort’s home as Manafort and his wife lay in bed. The FBI agents insisted on searching Kathleen Manafort for weapons — after they barged into her home. This is Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ FBI. Sessions needs to go now. (Tweet) The New York Post reported: Gun-wielding FBI agents busted into Paul Manafort’s home as he was asleep in bed and even searched his wife for weapons, it was revealed Tuesday. Agents took an unusually tough approach in executing a search warrant, dealing with potential financial crimes by President Trump’s former campaign chief,


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