Jason Chaffetz thinks lawmakers need a 17 percent raise
On-his-way-out-the-door GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who just officially signed on as a contributor to Fox News and the Fox Business Network, thinks members of Congress should get a $2,500-a-month housing allowance on top of their $174,000-a-year salaries.
Let’s do the math for the Utah Republican: 12 X 2,500 equals 30,000. So he thinks lawmakers need a $30,000 raise so they can live in D.C.
“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 among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.”
Chaffetz goes on to complain that if he had a nice home to live in somewhere in Washington, he wouldn’t need to fly home every weekend on the taxpayers’ dime to see his wife. “If I wasn’t buying as many airline tickets, it would ultimately be less expensive,” he told The Hill.
He also complained how expensive it is to have two kids in college (son at University of Virginia Law School, daughter in college in Utah). He further complained how hard it was to make ends meet while also having a mortgage back in Utah.
(You know, my parents sent two kids to college while making a lot less than $100,000 a year on two combined salaries. My husband and I sent our two kids to college, and our combined salaries never totaled anywhere near $174,000. And we paid off our mortgage, too. But I digress.)
Yes, housing costs are high in Washington. But you can find something for a lot less than $2,500 per month. Perhaps Congress might consider a congressional dorm for adults, like this one in Syracuse, N.Y.
Here’s some more math for Chaffetz, who loved to go on TV as one of the leaders of the Hillary Clinton Benghazi witch hunt. All of those combined investigations cost nearly $7 million of taxpayer money.
“A $2,500 monthly allowance would cost taxpayers about $30,000 a year per lawmaker, or roughly $16 million a year for all 535 members,” the Hill article says. Why, that’s enough to investigate Clinton all over again — twice!
Oh, and $30,000 on a $174,000 salary is a 17.25 percent raise. But you’ll be getting lots more than that in your new role “offering political analysis” at Fox, won’t you, @jasoninthehouse? Thank goodness he won’t be in the House much longer.