Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz makes $174,000 a year. But now he wants taxpayers to pay each Congressperson an additional $30,000 a year to cover their housing expenses. And, meanwhile, he’s busy trying to take healthcare away from poor people.
Republicans are unbelievable. Only a Republican would take away your healthcare and leave you to die while at the same time asking you to choke up money to pay for their second homes.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is retiring from Congress on Friday. But before he leaves, he’s calling for taxpayers to give each member of Congress a $2,500 monthly housing stipend. That’s another $30,000 a year on top of a $174,000 salary per person. That will cost you and me an additional $16 million a year.
Chaffetz told The Hill on Monday,
“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress. 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 has been sleeping in his office when he’s in D.C. because he says he can’t afford to pay for a place in D.C. on top of his mortgage payment in Utah and paying for kids in college.
“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 said. “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. …”
“There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”
Chaffetz tried to explain to The Hill that his proposal would actually save taxpayers money. He argued,
“[My proposal] 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.”
Following his departure from Congress on Friday, Chaffetz will be taking a job at Fox News. His salary will be considerably higher than what he made in Congress. So hopefully poor Jason will no longer have to sleep on a cot in his fancy office.