Congressmen make $174,000 a year. This Republican wants an extra $30,000 ‘housing allowance.’

The Week – by Jeva Lange

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has just days left before he gets to return to his own bed in Utah, leaving his Capitol Hill office cot behind for good. But before he goes, Chaffetz has called for a $2,500 monthly housing stipend to help lawmakers afford living in D.C.

“Washington, D.C., 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, D.C.,” Chaffetz told The Hill. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here.”  

Chaffetz agreed that $174,000 is a “handsome” salary for a congressman but added that the extra $30,000 a year would “allow the non-millionaires to participate and you would be able to have your spouse join you here. If I wasn’t buying as many airline tickets, it would ultimately be less expensive.”

A stipend of $2,500 a month would run taxpayers around $16 million a year if all 535 members of Congress received it. As of May 2017, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in D.C. was $2,091 a month.

“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Chaffetz said, adding: “There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.” Jeva Lange

The Week

16 thoughts on “Congressmen make $174,000 a year. This Republican wants an extra $30,000 ‘housing allowance.’

  1. “a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington” ….spit, choke, gag.. Their “allowance” for a bed to sleep in is twice what I am paid for a disability income. If I could get $30,000 a year I would be in hog heaven. Piss on these greedy bastards, go home a work for a living. My taxes for 55 years were not so you could have a decent quality of life in Washington.

  2. LET THE SONOFABITCH GO LIVE WITH THE “QUEEN”…… SHE’S GETTIN’ A RAISE!!!! RIGHT???????????????

    1. HELL…. I WOULDN’T GIVE HIM THAT. LIKE I SAID. THE QUEEN GOT A 6 MILLION POUND RAISE. LET HIM BUNK WITH HER……………………… AMERICAN NATIONALS DON’T NEED TO PAY FOR THE LIKES OF THIS SHIT.

      1. If he really wants to bond with his constituents I have a worn out tarp that he can spread under the overpass. Good luck asshole

  3. I don’t usually make comments on any of the web sites, but i am really angry that they could even come up with something like this! How many days do they work in D.C.? they are not even worth that kind of money! They steal everything from the American people, give it to the damn illegals,they get more than i get in social security, and i worked all my life for it!! What a bunch of money stealing jerks, They will go to Hell for sure, and i think the American people are just about fed up with them and they will pay dearly. Yea, just like that health care crap that they keep shoving down our throats, yet they get the best health care. I JUST WANT TO SCREAM, ENOUGH!

    1. Gwen, welcome, and glad From The Trenches is where you chose to rant.

      Keep speaking out at the top of your lungs like you just did, we’ll listen to you here in the Trenches, and I agree with your comment, 100%!

    1. you mean,
      “RAISED A JEW AND BECAME A MORON?
      THESE JEWS STRUGGLE TO TRY AND FIND “THE KINGDOM OF GOD” AS THE LORD DESCRIBED IT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, SO THEY CAN DESTROY IT, BUT IT IS LIKE THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND, “BOTH FALL INTO THE DITCH”…..

  4. Let’s not forget the insider trading they can engage in and their lifetime
    pension. Maybe he should have accepted more money from lobbyists.

  5. Perhaps this congress critter hasn’t heard, but this is the 21st century. We have things like Go to Meeting.com, Skype, teleconferencing, etc. Why don’t these losers stay home and tele-commute?

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