Jason Chaffetz Calls For $2,500 Housing Stipend For Congress

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

As Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) prepares to exit Congress at the end of this week, he told The Hill on Monday that U.S. Senators and House representatives, who are paid a minimum of $174K annually to serve in office, should receive a $2,500 per month housing allowance.

“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Chaffetz told The Hill in an interview in his Capitol office, where he sleeps whenever he’s in Washington. “In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.”

“There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”

While Chaffetz said $174,000 a year is a “handsome” congressional salary, he explained that subsidizing lawmakers’ housing costs in the pricey D.C. metro area could actually save taxpayer dollars. If he had a proper home in Washington rather than a cot in his office, Chaffetz said, he wouldn’t need to fly home every week on the taxpayers’ dime, and his wife, Julie, could visit more often.

A 2017 Kiplinger report ranked Washington as the sixth-most expensive city in the country to live.

A $2,500 monthly allowance would cost taxpayers about $30,000 a year per lawmaker, or roughly $16 million a year for all 535 members.

Chaffetz says with a mortgage back home in Utah, a son in law school, his oldest daughter in college and another daughter heading for college soon, he couldn’t afford to rent a place in Washington, D.C.

Word is that Chaffetz has already inked a deal for a high-paying job as a political analyst for Fox News.

Chaffetz: No Immunity For Mike Flynn; President Trump Shouldn’t Be Commenting On Issue

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

Last night, former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn told investigators looking into Team Trump’s Russian connections that he would be willing to testify in exchange for immunity.

This morning, Trump weighed in saying “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!”

It crosses my mind to wonder: was Trump instructing Flynn to not testify without protection of immunity? Could that be viewed as obstruction?

But GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Fox News that Flynn should not be granted immunity, AND President Trump should not be commenting on the issue.

“No, I don’t think it’s a witch hunt,” Chaffetz said. “Look, it’s very mysterious to me, though, why all of a sudden General Flynn is suddenly out there saying he wants immunity. A, I don’t think Congress should give him immunity. If there’s an open investigation by the FBI, that should not happen. I also don’t believe that actually that the president should be weighing in on this. They’re the ones that actually would prosecute something.”

House Republicans Ask FBI Director To Defend Decision To Not Charge Hillary Clinton

Because the House Republicans haven’t wasted enough time and money chasing empty dreams of bringing Hillary Clinton down.

In the wake of the FBI’s recommendation to not charge former Secretary of State over her use of a private email server, Rep, Jason Chaffetz, current chair of the House Oversight Committee, has summoned FBI Director James Comey to the hill to testify (read that – “defend”) the decision.

Less than a day after the FBI’s announcement, Chaffetz has set a hearing for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, where Comey will testify before the committee regarding the Bureau’s investigation.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan foreshadowed such an event Tuesday night when speaking to Fox News saying, “There are a lot of unanswered questions here.”

Clearly, the Republicans are disappointed in the loss of attack fodder for the next four months of the presidential election, and are choosing to draw the issue out in the headlines as long as possible.

It’s worth noting that James Comey is a long-time Republican with no political allegiance to Hillary Clinton. So, the idea that Hillary somehow curried private favor with the FBI Director is nonsense.


House Committee Schedules Anti-LGBT Legislation Hearing For One Month Anniversary Of Orlando Massacre

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz

They say timing is everything.

So, you have to wonder about House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s decision to schedule a hearing for the anti-LGBT “First Amendment Defense Act” (also known as FADA) on July 12 – exactly one month to the day that the nation was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting incident (and the worst anti-LGBT hate crime) in the history of the country.

The legislation would allow anyone who claims “deeply-held religious beliefs” the right to legally discriminate against LGBT folks.

The bill was introduced in the House last year, and has had no movement since. So, it’s odd that Chaffetz would now decide to hold a hearing, except to present his “dog and pony show” as an election year stunt to placate anti-LGBT Americans.

According to the official summary for the bill, the First Amendment Defense Act “prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Caught Attempting To Present False Information At Planned Parenthood Hearing

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz tried to get away with false information during Congressional hearings regarding Planned Parenthood.

He presented a chart he had made based on what he SAID was info from Planned Parenthood.

It turns out the info came from Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: I pulled those numbers directly out of your corp. reports

Richards: Excuse me. My lawyers have informed me that the source of this is Americans United for Life which is an anti-abortion group so I would check your source.

How very embarrassing for Chaffetz. Caught attempting to pass off false information in full view of America.

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Chris Hayes explains how that misleading graph Rep. Jason Chaffetz showed at today’s Planned Parenthood hearing SHOULD look
Posted by All In with Chris Hayes on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rep. Jason Chaffetz and GOP Benghazi Hypocrisy

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says the current Benghazi scandal doesn’t smell right and that the GOP-controlled House is going to keep searching until they find answers.

Perhaps – just perhaps – they themselves are the “smoking gun.”

If you want to know why there wasn’t more security in Benghazi for our ambassador, why not ask Chaffetz himself?  HE proudly voted to cut embassy security funding.

(via Occupy Democrats)