Republican Senator Wants A Huge Pay Raise

It’s expensive to live in Washington, D.C. But is it so expensive that you need a $2,500 housing stipend?

That’s the amount Rep. Jason Chaffetz believes lawmakers should get, according to a new report from The Hill. The full quote:

“Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C. I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here. …There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”

The Utah Republican is known for sleeping in his office when he’s in town.


Originally published by USA Today.