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Citizens Against Government Waste Names Rep. Bennie Thompson June 2018 Porker of the Month

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) its June 2018 Porker of the month for
attempting to create taxpayer-funded dorms for well-paid members of
Congress.

On May 16, 2018, Rep. Thompson introduced
H.R. 5845, the “No Couches for Congress Act,” which would ban members of
Congress from sleeping in their offices. He also proposed converting
vacant residence halls near the Capitol into “affordable”
housing for members of Congress, who make $174,000 per year. He claimed
that it would be available for members who found housing costs to be “prohibitive.”

However, 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.

The congressional dorm idea has been roundly panned
by Rep. Thompson’s colleagues. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) said,
“The more I think about it, the less likely I would be to support it. It
might be a breeding house for something bad.” Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.)
said, “I’m here to work, not relive my college days in a taxpayer-funded
dorm.”

Based on performance and income, Congress does not deserve additional
benefits. Congressional job approval is an abysmal 17
percent. The annual spending bills have not passed on
time in 20 years and the budget has not been balanced in a generation,
which has exacerbated the $21 trillion national debt.

CAGW President Tom Schatz said, “Public service is not supposed to be
comfortable or luxurious. Taxpayers send these men and women to
Washington to work and pay them a salary that is more than three times
that of an average American. Congress should focus on getting America’s
fiscal house in order and spend less time trying to create a
Congressional Animal House.”

For trying to create a taxpayer-funded dorm for members of Congress,
CAGW names Rep. Bennie Thompson its June 2018 Porker of the Month.

Citizens
Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in
government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers,
government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant
disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

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