Skip to comments.Paid for Work They Didnít Do It (Kerry received $90,000+ for not working!)
Posted on 01/27/2005 10:22:42 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger
The National Taxpayers Union complains that more than two-dozen senators and congressmen were illegally paid for work they didnt do. By law members of Congress are not to be paid for workdays missed while out campaigning or during other unexcused absences.
The law has been largely un-enforced since 1971, but according to the Taxpayers Union, that does not excuse Congress from doling out more than $310,000 to congressmen and senators for days they missed over the past two years.
John Kerry, by the way, topped the list paid more than $90,000 for 146 days missed. Former Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt came in second. Numerous Republicans members who ran for higher office were on the list as well.
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The chronically absent list is filled with Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, including John Kerry (D-MA), John Edwards (D-NC), Bob Graham (D-FL), Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Richard Gephardt (D-MO), and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). But House Members bidding for Senate seats were also prominent on the list, including Brad Carson (D-OK), Mac Collins (R-GA), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Pete Deutsch (D-FL), Joseph Hoeffel (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Chris John (D-LA), Denise Majette (D-GA), George Nethercutt (R-WA), and Patrick Toomey (R-PA).
From January 2003 to the October 2004 recess, John Kerry missed 146 days of votes without being granted leave. Total salary overpayment: $90,932.68. His running mate, John Edwards, compiled 102 days of unexcused absences during that period, for an overpayment of $63,543.16. Both Senators missed every vote during the months of July, September, and October.
On the House side, Dick Gephardts failed bid for the Presidency cost taxpayers $81,362.53 in excessive pay. Gephardt was absent for 85 of the 109 days the House cast votes in the year 2003 alone. Combined with 2004, Gephardt had the highest unexcused absence rate in the House, at 131 days still short of Kerrys record total.
Then-Rep. Jim DeMints successful 2004 bid for South Carolinas Senate seat could help to explain some or all of his 37 unexcused absences, and an apparent $23,305.56 salary overpayment. In 2003, now Kentucky Governor and former Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R) missed 27 session days, for a total salary overpayment of $16,640.91. Three Georgia lawmakers who were locked in tight contests Collins, Isakson, and Majette racked up 55 days of unexcused absences and $34,643.40 of potentially illegal salary among them during 2004.
As long as they promise to do nothing, let's double their pay!
The way I see it, paying Kerry $90,000 is cheap compared to the damage he is preparing to do to our nation's economy. I'd much rather pay him his full salary, have his stay at home with Mama T and never show up for a day's work in Washington. Maybe we could pay Kennedy, Boxer, Feinstein, et al as well!
So what do they do to them? Make them reimburse it or what? Or let me guess-nothing happens!
We have a winner!
As long as the libs are out for the key votes, I say leave it alone.
Your hard tax paying dollars at work... I wonder how many of this bunch don't want Social Security reform? Gee I wonder why?
As long as those opposed miss the vote, it gets passed. So let them play golf, wind surf, or whatever else it is that they do.
Careful what you wish for:
From looking at the names on that list, we're much better off with most of them staying away, whichever side of the aisle they're nominally on!
The taxpayers deserve a refund from these jerks. If these jerks didn't carry the title "Rep" in front of their name, each and every one of them would have been fired or arrested for fraud.
the obvious billionaires should be shamed into returning their salaries for the past 2 years, AND they should pay back WITH INTEREST!!!!
while they were spouting about Bush being cheap to their pork projects, they were stealing our money.