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congressional bonuses
You know that feeling you get when you find money? A few dollars on the street or outside a store. Maybe some bills turn up unexpectedly in the laundry or your wallet. Pretty awesome, right? Now you know what it's like to be a congressional staffer.

CNN:
Members of the House of Representatives reported up to $6.1 million in staff bonuses between January and March, giving out bonuses as they debated spending cuts and came within minutes of shutting down government over fiscal problems, a CNN investigation has found.

At least one congressman gave thousands of dollars to his own staff as he criticized other federal workers as being overpaid.

The analysis came from a three-week look at the latest House expense report by CNN Radio's American Sauce, a podcast.

Members of both political parties reported bonuses, though Democrats outspent Republicans, with up to $3.1 million in staff bonuses compared with $908,000 for GOP members. The remaining $2.1 million CNN found was disbursed by committees. Committee spokesmen did not respond or were not able to delineate between Democratic and Republican staff members.

Staff bonuses are not a new phenomenon on Capitol Hill, but only in the past year and a half have salaries and other House expenses been released in a single online report.

The bonuses come as lawmakers on all sides demand spending cuts and belt-tightening from government. The millions in bonuses are a tiny fraction of the roughly $1.5 trillion deficit, but are a symbol of congressional spending at a time of economic struggle.
The best part of the CNN report is that the bonuses come from a no-strings allotment averaging $1.5 million per congressional office. Money not spent from those allowances "stays in the Treasury and keeps the deficit at a lower level," CNN reported. Yeah, well.

Want to know whether your representative handed out any cash? All you have to do is ask.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The millions in bonuses are a tiny fraction of the roughly $1.5 trillion deficit, but are a symbol of congressional spending at a time of economic struggle"

I for one am sick and fucking tired of hearing this lame ass excuse for throwing money around like a drunk ass 18 year old sailor making his first port of call in Singapore. That fucking statement and mindset is part of the reason we are in such a god damned mess. AS ANY LOMBARDI FAN WILL TELL YOU THE FUCKING GAME OF FOOTBALL IS A GOD DAMNED GAME OF MOTHER FUCKING INCHES - THAT'S WHY YOU STRETCH OUT MOTHER FUCKER WHEN YOU GET TACKLED AND YOU PUT THE BALL FORWARD, FORWARD, FORWARD - THE DAMNED ZEBRA WILL SPOT THE BALL SLIGHTLY FORWARD OF THE POINT THAT YOU TOUCHED THE GROUND - GET THAT THROUGH YOUR FUCKING FULLBACK THICK SKULL FORWARD FORWARD FORWARD!!

I've a soft spot for things from Wisconsin like smoked fish, Leine's, Packers, your girlfriend, black bears, Apostle Islands National Seashore, etc.

- I'm all rested this morning after my Little Bunny Foo Foo Lullaby last night. Can you tell?

Jeff

And cheese. Don't forget the cheese.

In all my years as a reporter, some of the best (and by "best" I mean "diabolically awesome because they always fucked over some self-important, money-wasting, hypocritical politician") stories I worked on were the ones that came from digging through expense records.

Good work, good outcome and always a good sleep afterward, with or without a lullaby.

Anonymous said...

(and by "best" I mean "diabolically awesome because they always fucked over some self-important, money-wasting, hypocritical politician")

... and that's why I like you, dude.

I forgot, yes the cheese is awesome too. To me, the BEST thing is that fucking smoked fish - I tried that once out of a little corner store on Madeline Island and was eating it breakfast, lunch and dinner afterward. It was crack and I was a crack bitch. I could probably teach the Inglorious Bastard to do backflips using that shit as a treat/reward.