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Old 03-15-2006, 10:55 PM
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Congressional Car Leases Fleece Taxpayers

It is little-known fact, but one item on the very long list of taxpayer-funded "perks" enjoyed by members of the House of Representatives is that they are provided with a "car allowance" (after quietly voting it into existence for themselves a number of years ago--how convenient!).

Here's how some of your tax dollars are being spent.

When it comes to socking taxpayers with the tab for a leased car, Rep. Mike Ross is the most expensive member of Congress – the Arkansas Democrat’s Ford Expedition costs $1,248 a month.

Rep. Howard McKeon, Republican from California, is close behind – his Acura costs $1,231 a month – and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat from California, spends $1,227 monthly on a Chevrolet truck.

Two Democrats from New York ride in style.... Rep. Gregory Meeks’ Lexus costs $1,062 a month, and Rep. Charles Rangel tools around in a $998-a-month Cadillac DeVille.

To be fair.... another New York congressman, Democrat Anthony Weiner, is near the other end of the scale – his Chevy Impala costs only $219 a month, and some members choose not to use the allowance, according to a Knight-Ridder study.

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Rep. John Carter, a Republican from Texas, is low man at $210 a month.

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Old 03-15-2006, 11:09 PM
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They're just like us only more so. Most employers give a travel allowance of about $0.50/mi. I'll bet the congressional travel allowance has both the auto cost and a separate account for fuel expenditures.

I've seen Rep Weiner on either one of the Fox analysts' shows or on MSNBC's Hardball (maybe both). He's out there in left field but he ain't an ideologue and he ain't stupid. Good to see he lives the way he speechifies.

I'd likely never vote for him but in losing, at least I'd know the man lives by his principles.

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Old 03-15-2006, 11:30 PM
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They're just like us only more so. Most employers give a travel allowance of about $0.50/mi. I'll bet the congressional travel allowance has both the auto cost and a separate account for fuel expenditures.
Not sure exactly what you mean by this....

MY car is certainly not paid for by my fellow taxpayers. Is yours?....

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:20 AM
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Free postage, navy bean soup, med care at Walter Reed . . . no wonder they want to be re-elected

BTW, the Congress has to vote to raise the debt ceiling shortly, but don't be surprised if your local congressional representatives aren't checking in with you before voting.
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:19 AM
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a ford expedition for over a grand a month?? is it made of gold? and does it come with a mini skirted hot chick who gives you road head on every trip? at that price a month, i expect a real luxury car not a ford expedition.

but then again, since he is not actually paing for it, i guess it doesnt matter what the price is.
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:02 AM
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Senate voted 52-48 to raise the debt ceiling . . . boy, we dodged that fiscal responsiblity bullet!
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:28 PM
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They're just like us only more so. Most employers give a travel allowance of about $0.50/mi. I'll bet the congressional travel allowance has both the auto cost and a separate account for fuel expenditures.

I've seen Rep Weiner on either one of the Fox analysts' shows or on MSNBC's Hardball (maybe both). He's out there in left field but he ain't an ideologue and he ain't stupid. Good to see he lives the way he speechifies.

I'd likely never vote for him but in losing, at least I'd know the man lives by his principles.

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$0.50 a mile.....I wish....try closer to $0.36 a mile...they may give the people who earn enough and get free medical that miuch those of us scraping up money to pay for medical and everything else out of pocket never see that. And I know some big companies pay even less. Talked with a Locheed guy who got $0.16 a mile and a $500 anual allowance and they dictate what sort of car you can and can not drive. Which is total BS in my mind.
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Published on Friday, March 17, 2006 by Bloomberg.com
U.S. War Spending to Rise 44% to $9.8 Bn a Month, Report Says
by Jeff Bliss

U.S. military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan will average 44 percent more in the current fiscal year than in fiscal 2005, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said.

Spending will rise to $9.8 billion a month from the $6.8 billion a month the Pentagon said it spent last year, the research service said. The group's March 10 report cites "substantial'' expenses to replace or repair damaged weapons, aircraft, vehicles, radios and spare parts.

It also figures in costs for health care, fuel, national intelligence and the training of Iraqi and Afghan security forces -- "now a substantial expense,'' it said.

The research service said it considers "all war and occupation costs,'' while the Pentagon counts just the cost of personnel, maintenance and operations.

The House approved emergency funding that includes the military spending last night by a vote of 348-71. The measure authorizes $72 billion for war costs and almost $20 billion for hurricane relief. The Senate is expected to pass it next month.

Congress already has approved $50 billion in supplemental war funding for the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, after spending $100 billion last year. To date, Congress has approved about $337 billion for the wars since Sept. 11, 2001.

2007 Funding

The administration has said it also will seek $50 billion in war funding for fiscal 2007 to serve as a bridge fund until needs are assessed. That will be on top of the $439.3 billion defense budget the president submitted.

The request the House approved last night includes $67.6 billion for war operations, much of it in costs for personnel and repair and replacement of equipment; about $4.9 billion to train and equip Afghan and Iraqi security forces; and about $2 billion for defenses against roadside bombs, which have been a leading cause of death for U.S. servicemen in Iraq.

To date, 2,310 members of the U.S. military have died in Iraq since the war began three years ago, 1,808 of them in combat, according to the Pentagon.

The hurricane money approved last night will go toward housing, enhancing levees and public safety projects in Louisiana and Mississippi following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina last August, the administration has said.

Spending on the wars and hurricane relief will help widen the federal budget deficit to a record $423 billion this fiscal 2006, an increase from last year's $319 billion deficit, the administration forecast last month.

$87 Billion Already

Of the $87 billion already approved for hurricane relief and rebuilding, $31 billion has been earmarked for health and social services, school repairs, payments to farmers and unemployment insurance; $41 billion is going for temporary housing and flood insurance payments and $15 billion is set aside for levee and road repairs and repairs to damaged federal facilities, according to the administration.

The measure passed last night includes an amendment to prohibit a Dubai-owned company from operating port facilities in the U.S. DP World, the third-largest container port operator, has already promised it will sell its U.S. operations to a U.S. buyer. Most lawmakers conceded the issue was moot but wanted their opposition to the original deal to be on record.

Other amendments provide extra money for anti-drug operations in Colombia and peacekeeping efforts in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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