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    Should we, the tax payers be paying car leases for members of the House?

    News - INSIDE EDITION Investigates Congressional Cars - InsideEdition.com

    Aren't the salaries we pay them to be in the House enough for them to lease a car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent View Post
    News - INSIDE EDITION Investigates Congressional Cars - InsideEdition.com

    Aren't the salaries we pay them to be in the House enough for them to lease a car?
    Cars are provided to all sorts of people for use on offical business. I know if I travel on business, I insist on a car.

    Some congresspeople have big districts that require lots of travel. Plus, what fund is this money coming out of? General pre-allowed expenses, Washington office expenses, home-district office expenses? Their travel allowance? Or some double-secret car-lease stash? Maybe I missed it, but I don't think the report specified.

    Too many variables here. But as a practical matter, I would only have a problem with it if were used as the family car instead of a business car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent View Post
    When they are on official business travel to other jurisdictions other than their home area and DC... they are supposed to get a rental car (which is supposed to be a compact car... but I doubt they are getting them)....
    To be fair to congress, (and they make it really hard) Have you ever tried to get a compact from a rental place? Even if you reserve one they end up not having them. Because in crazy rental car world, a ford focus is a midsize car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OES View Post
    Cars are provided to all sorts of people for use on offical business. I know if I travel on business, I insist on a car.

    Some congresspeople have big districts that require lots of travel. Plus, what fund is this money coming out of? General pre-allowed expenses, Washington office expenses, home-district office expenses? Their travel allowance? Or some double-secret car-lease stash? Maybe I missed it, but I don't think the report specified.

    Too many variables here. But as a practical matter, I would only have a problem with it if were used as the family car instead of a business car.
    When they are on official business travel to other jurisdictions other than their home area and DC... they are supposed to get a rental car (which is supposed to be a compact car... but I doubt they are getting them)....

    ... when we are paying the House of Reps member an annual salary of $174k... they can't afford a car themselves? One of them... we pay for the Rep's wife's lease on a car

    Note...the Senate, don't allow their members to lease cars on our dime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent View Post
    When they are on official business travel to other jurisdictions other than their home area and DC... they are supposed to get a rental car (which is supposed to be a compact car... but I doubt they are getting them)....

    ... when we are paying the House of Reps member an annual salary of $174k... they can't afford a car themselves? One of them... we pay for the Rep's wife's lease on a car

    Note...the Senate, don't allow their members to lease cars on our dime.
    I see it as a more shaded question than you, but that's fine. I only answered because no one else had. I don't really care enough to have a big exchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotophage View Post
    To be fair to congress, (and they make it really hard) Have you ever tried to get a compact from a rental place? Even if you reserve one they end up not having them. Because in crazy rental car world, a ford focus is a midsize car.
    I go on a lot of business trips, I always reserve a compact (employer rules) and 95% of the time I get a compact. If they cannot get me in a compact... I get the upgrade for free.

    2 Business trips ago, I did get a Focus as a compact car... this was with Thrifty. My last trip, I got a Kia Soul

    Hertz...they do have a tendency to uprate the categories in the cars.
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    Let 'em have their car lease. It's a reasonable perc. As opposed to a gold card for the local bawdy house...
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    yes, please let them have the cars...

    the more time these losers spend on the road, the less time they're in chambers passing effed up legislation.
    eff all y'all...

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