Can get additional money for housing, meals, without receipts confirming the bills
Bidenflation apparently isn’t a worry to many members of Congress who are taking advantage of a $34,000 “pay raise” that they voted for themselves through an internal rule change that avoided the political backlash of openly allocating themselves more money, according to a new report.
It is the Washington Free Beacon that noted taxpayers now “are funding luxury housing accommodations for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., and over 200 other members of Congress, many of whom boast net worths over $1 million.”
The added money comes through housing and meal subsidies, the report said.
The change happened just as the Democrats were about to lose their majority to the GOP.
“Democrats quietly tucked a provision into internal House rules that grants lawmakers access to an optional $34,000 annual subsidy to pay for their Washington, D.C., housing and meal expenses,” the report explained.
So far, 113 Democrats and 104 Republicans have taken at least some cash, costing taxpayers a combined $1.4 million.
Just for the first half of 2023.
“Recipients of these funds include at least 17 millionaire Democrats, including Rep. Katie Porter, who reported a net worth of up to $1.8 million in her latest financial disclosure, and House Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D., Mass.), who boasts a net worth of up to $13.5 million,” the report charged.
The change was made following complaints from members like Cortez, who said her $174,000 salary just isn’t enough to maintain a home in her district and have housing in Washington, too