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Jason Chaffetz thinks Congressmen should get $30,000 a year for housing

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This from the same out of touch scumbag that thinks people cannot afford healthcare because they bought an iphone. He will fit right in at Fox News.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/27/jason-chaffetz-congressmen-should-get-30000-in-housing-subsidies.html

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The cost of housing has gotten so expensive that Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) thinks that a monthly subsidy of $2,500 from the Government is a good idea to help ease the burden — for members of Congress.

He told The Hill on Monday that "I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress," given that "Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world." He said that "a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington."

$2,500 a month comes out to $30,000 a year. That would bring the annual Congressional salary, which is $174,000, to over $200,000. It would also cost taxpayers "roughly $16 million a year for all 535 members" of Congress, The Hill reports.

earlier this year, he provoked an outcry after saying that, under the GOP's proposed health-care plan, poorer Americans could somehow afford insurance by choosing to forgo new iPhones.

His request could come off as tone-deaf to some, given that so many Americans are struggling to afford the skyrocketing cost of housing without government help. And, as Time Money points out, even with his current situation, the Congressman is hardly strapped: "The combined monthly expense of an average apartment in D.C. and a 30-year mortgage in Provo with a 4.5 percent interest rate, would cost more than $3,100, or about 21 percent of Chaffetz's monthly salary. That's lower than the housing-to-income ratio that financial planners generally recommend, which is 25 percent."

In 2015, a record 11.8 million American households qualified as "severely rent-burdened," meaning that they were forced to spend 50 percent or more of their income on housing.

The timing also seems less than fortuitous, given that the Republicans in Congress are trying to pass a health care reform bill that reduces Medicaid for poor and middle-class Americans. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has found that "half of the tax cuts would go to families making more than $500,000 a year," while "the super rich, those making $5 million or more, would receive an average tax cut of nearly $250,000."

Chaffetz is only days away from stepping down on June 30, after which he will join Fox News as a contributor. As he tells The Hill, he is in search of "a better balance."
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How about they get 30000 a year for everything and they can live like a good portion of the voters.

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He can eat 30,000 dicks.  Fuck him and asking for welfare to supplement what he can afford.
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this is an important question I must ask

How much does Caffetz pay for his cell phone.

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Aren't they all millionaires already?  How much more money do they need?  Does this douchebag need to buy a third mansion?

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All but a small percentage are independently wealthy, yes.

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I would be open to this if Chavez and some of these member werent such a dicks when it comes to other people finniacial issues

isnt this the same dick who said you shouldnt complain about your health care if you have a nice phone. Well this guy better have a ghettoe ass flip phone if he bitching about rent

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Who is Chavez?

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Who is Chavez?

Guy who does some yard work for me.