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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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Graham Warns Trump of
´Holy Hell´ if President Gets
Rid of Sessions or Mueller

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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/27/2017 5:30:36 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today warned President Trump against firing either Attorney General Jeff Sessions or special counsel Robert Mueller, saying he plans to introduce bipartisan judicial review legislation to protect the former FBI director and future special counsels. Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill that he´s "100 percent behind Jeff Sessions," who´s been the target of various slings from Trump over the past week, and referred to a Wednesday tweet from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): Everybody in D.C. Shld b warned that the agenda for the judiciary Comm is set for rest of 2017. Judges first

What if the Trump-Sessions feud is one big charade?
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American Thinker, by Brian C. Joondeph    Original Article
Posted By: my stars 22- 7/27/2017 2:42:47 AM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump has been attacking his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, daily. There have been brutal attacks on Twitter, in media interviews, and during speeches. Conventional wisdom is that Trump is getting ready to fire Sessions or hoping Sessions resigns. Conventional wisdom also assured everyone that Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide, the only question being by how large a margin. Trump´s complaint is that his attorney general should not have recused himself from the Russia hacking hoax and that he is dragging his feet on long overdue investigations and prosecutions: Deep State leaks; unmasking; DNC and Clinton collusion

Filmmaker Michael Moore says he phoned up
Hillary Clinton´s team before the election to warn
them about danger in Wisconsin and Michigan

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Daily Mail [UK], by Kelly Mclaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2017 3:50:40 PM     Post Reply
Filmmaker Michael Moore says he tried to Hillary Clinton that Michigan and Wisconsin voters might lean toward Donald Trump before the 2016 presidential election but claims no one would listen. Moore appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night to promote his upcoming one-man Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender. But the Michigan resident took time to discuss the current political climate, saying he ´never wanted to be more wrong in my life´ when warning people about Trump voters. ´I was trying to warn the rest of the country, out here, people who voted for Obama

Donald Trump’s ‘Transgender’ Declaration
Preserves Americans’ Two-Sex Society

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Breitbart Big Government, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2017 12:42:24 PM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump’s dramatic decision to exclude so-called “transgender” people from the military is a direct rejection of the progressives’ revolutionary demand that Americans’ society should be remade to eliminate all civic recognition of the two different-and-complementary male and female sexes. (Tweets) The Wednesday decision was greeted with anger from the left, which had hoped that the military’s 2016 endorsement of the transgender ideology would push the Supreme Court and legislators nationwide to impose and establish the unpopular claim that a person’s changeable choice of “gender” is more legally important than their biological sex. If endorsed by the courts, that

McCain slaps back at Trump´s new military
ban, saying transgender troops ´should
be treated as the patriots they are´–
just hours after Trump praised stricken
former POW for his dramatic return to DC

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Daily Mail (UK), by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/26/2017 9:10:54 PM     Post Reply
Senator John McCain fired away at Donald Trump´s decision to ban transgender people from military service – and also for announcing a 180 degree turn on a complex issue via Twitter. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman said in a statement that the military should welcome capable people ´regardless of their gender identity.´ He made the statement hours after his own dramatic return to the Senate for an Obamacare repeal vote, after getting a brain cancer diagnosis. Trump praised the former Vietnam POW for his action, although he went after McCain´s time as a POW during the campaign.


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