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House Passes Jody Hice, Joni
Ernst’s ‘Presidential Perks’ Bill

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Posted By: M2, 10/18/2019 6:35:11 AM

The House passed a bill spearheaded by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) that limits a president’s post-office taxpayer-funded perks. The House passed by voice vote Rep. Jody Hice’s (R-GA) legislation, H.R. 1496, the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2019, Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate. The legislation would put limits on taxpayer-funded benefits for former U.S. presidents, which include their travel, personal staff, office space, and communications after they leave office. The bill would put a president’s pension at $200,000 per year. Rep. Hice said he was “thrilled the House took an important step to reform this outdated pension and ensure responsible use of taxpayer money.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jinx 10/18/2019 7:17:15 AM (No. 210586)
Yes! It is about time!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Daisymay 10/18/2019 7:31:13 AM (No. 210595)
How about doing the same for Former members of congress!! Once they leave, they should be on their own! No perks! That's what happens to their constituents when they retire! They're on Medicare and SSecurity! They do not get free healthcare for life!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: normal user 10/18/2019 7:33:04 AM (No. 210596)
Time to completely eliminate ANY pension for members of Congress. Heck, eliminate all gov't pensions. Let them have a benchmarked to private industry 401k plan.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Periwinkel 10/18/2019 7:56:41 AM (No. 210622)
These are all great posts. Especially I want to see Barack and Bill's travel budget curtailed. Are we still paying for the Obama's excellent Christmas vacations?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: pc1eszm 10/18/2019 8:01:57 AM (No. 210628)
If I lived just 5 miles north of where I am now Jody Hice would be my congressman instead of the lame-duck milquetoast guy who is representing me now. Well done Congressman Hice!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ginadee 10/18/2019 9:08:20 AM (No. 210689)
Term limits, no healthcare package beyond what the rest of us have, a small pension is OK, say about $2000.00 a month. Perhaps with that we won't have people go to Washington as if it is an oasis of $$$$$ and go for the right reasons which is to represent We the People. Then we have representatives and senators that don't forget why they are there. They might all take a page from President Trump's playbook and be honorable.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chuzzles 10/18/2019 9:40:48 AM (No. 210730)
Because they did this during the Trump administration and not Obama's, color me not impressed. Yes it needs to be done. But given how Trump is not taking a salary here, and he is donating it to charities, I just cannot get enthused over the petty timing of this bill. I agree with the previous poster, now do this for congress. During their time in office, and post career. That is where all the financial gluttony is located.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 10/18/2019 10:51:17 AM (No. 210803)
Excellent news. Thank you, ladies. As to #2, I know a retired Congressman, and we discussed his "pension". He gets ZERO money from the government, no pension, no nothing. I have no idea what you imagine that they get but I have been assured by this man, who I trust, that there is no pension plan. He only served 2 or 3 terms, so perhaps at some longer service something may happen, but for a few terms, nada.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Avikingman 10/18/2019 11:08:46 AM (No. 210822)
Make them retroactive with no sundowner codicils. And provide for punishment if abused.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird 10/18/2019 11:30:10 AM (No. 210856)
Re #7, President Trump is the least likely to drain the treasury after he is no longer president. But it isn’t a bad idea to get this in place when the grifter Obamas are still keeping themselves front and center. I heard that senators only have to show up one day and receive medical benefits for life. I have not researched, but this sort of thing is ridiculous. The ladies are on the right track. Hope it works.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog 10/18/2019 11:33:08 AM (No. 210860)
Whatever they reduced it to it wasn't enough. Go back to Truman's retirement package and that's where it should remain. And no more Secret Service details for children, like BJClinton talked GWBush into allowing. To hell with that.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird 10/18/2019 11:33:12 AM (No. 210861)
Some info on congressional retirement benefits… https://smartasset.com/retirement/congress-retirement-plans
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 10/18/2019 12:19:06 PM (No. 210916)
Thanks, #12. Here is the operative rule for my acquaintance: "Congressmen aren’t eligible for pensions unless they’ve served at least five years. To collect their full pensions they must meet set age and terms of service requirements. " I believe he served two terms, (four years) was a strong anti-illegal immigration advocate, and was targeted by the Dems and outspent massively, and defeated. When I hunted with him, his only income in retirement was a small teacher's pension, IIRC. The ones who hang on a long time, get the money, a Congressman who serves for two terms gets nothing and it sounds like a 3 or 4 term Congressman gets pretty minimal retirement, too.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Mushroom 10/18/2019 12:29:40 PM (No. 210929)
#13 Don't shed a tear, US Military members do not get *anything* unless they do a full 20yrs. So I have little sympathy for a Congressman.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: tom7 10/18/2019 5:07:14 PM (No. 211171)
Another self-righteous attack on Trump - leaving Clinton, Obama, and Bush rolling in the perks. As soon as Trump has left office, they will revert to the lavish allowances. Then, Trump will be the only one left out. Vile hypocrites. "Obama vetoed the bill" LOL! No conflict of interest there!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: anniebc 10/18/2019 6:28:01 PM (No. 211238)
Yeah, but make it retro. And, what about your own darn perks? Before and after leaving Congress?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: JediJerry 10/18/2019 10:04:24 PM (No. 211416)
Done as a result of the massive abuse of the system by the Clintons and Obama’s.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Periwinkel 10/18/2019 10:16:54 PM (No. 211424)
John Boehner receives $86,000 plus all he was able to steal/"appropriate" during his tenure in the Senate. Seems like a lot to me for a guy who was mostly soused during his last five years in the House.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 10/19/2019 1:52:39 AM (No. 211475)
AnyFederal employee should be prevented by law from 65 million dollar book deals! NOBODY buys or reads them so they have their campaign go out and purchase a gob then they get on The NY Times Best Seller list and are guaranteed monster advances in the future! We don’t care what Barack Obama thinks! Period!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Trigger2 10/19/2019 5:23:01 AM (No. 211537)
I'd have been happier is the bill got rid of every single perk including SS protection and with only a pension of $25,000/year. Even that may be too generous. They've all become millionaires from being in office and should no longer be sucking off one cent of taxpayer money.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Trigger2 10/19/2019 5:33:30 AM (No. 211542)
I personally think congressional retirement perks should be completely outlawed. They get elected claiming they're 'poor' but when they leave office you find out they're millionaires. They can afford their own perks.
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