Kirsters Baish| Congress has been seeing record low ratings and our country’s national spending is simply out of control. But according to Democrat lawmaker Bennie Thompson, he should be making more money.
It seems that Representative Thompson doesn’t want to pay his own rent like every other adult in our country. The Mississippi Democrat is demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for his Washington home.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Thompson has come up with a bill which would “change the tax code to allow House members to deduct their spending on housing in D.C. up to $3,000.”
The yearly salary for United States congressmen already sits at $174,000. Keep in mind that this number is before added benefits. Think about this for a moment: The median household income in our country sits at roughly $59,000 per year. Representative Thompson’s salary is so far off the charts… but he still thinks that we should be paying his rent?
In February, Quartz Media reported that “The median net worth of a senator was $3.2 million, versus $900,000 for members of the House of Representatives.”
The Mississippi liberal didn’t stop with that, however. He went on to claim that whole buildings should be converted into congressional housing… all so he can save money while Americans chip in to pay his bills.
The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Thompson has also proposed turning a vacant building near Capitol Hill into apartments for House members at the expense of taxpayers, which critics have dubbed a ‘Congressional Animal House.'”
“The taxpayer-watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste criticized Thompson’s legislation and his proposed ‘taxpayer-funded dorms,’” the Free Beacon went on.
Washington apartments are rather pricy, no one is denying that. However, Thompson is making more than enough money to afford his own bills. That is for sure.
CAGW explained, “The claim that housing is unaffordable is belied by the average monthly cost of a studio apartment in Washington, D.C., which is $1,602, or less than 10 percent of members’ annual salary. The average American spends 33 percent of his or her annual income on housing.”
What it boils down to is that lawmakers in our country are much better off than the average American. Has this stopped them from trying to get more? Obviously not. There are almost two dozen co-sponsors to Thompson’s proposal. Every single one of them is a liberal. Doesn’t this tell you something?
“The legislation has 23 cosponsors, all Democrats, including James Clyburn (S.C.), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), and Marcia Fudge (Ohio),” wrote the Washington Free Beacon.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Conservative lawmakers, including New York’s Rep. Dan Donovan, have rightly mocked the idea as being out-of-touch and unnecessary.
“I’m here to work, not relive my college days in a taxpayer-funded dorm,” Donovan told the Free Beacon. “Our national debt is over $20 trillion, so I don’t think it’s a great use of taxpayer funds to build Congress a dorm.”
If Thompson is so worried about the cost of living in Washington, maybe he should think about his party’s priorities — after all, the city has been run by Democrats nonstop since the 1960s and has gone blue in almost every single election.
Congress’ approval ratings are low for a reason. Americans aren’t going to want to pay bills for self-entitled lawmakers.