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house Bill H.R. 5845

Should Members of Congress be Restricted From Sleeping in Their Offices & Get a Tax Deduction for Living Expenses?

Argument in favor

By sleeping in their offices, members of Congress create a hostile work environment for staffers and others who work in the Capitol building, who may run into improperly-dressed lawmakers or find themselves compelled to clean up after them. A tax deduction and a potential congressional dorm would offset the impact of limiting their ability to sleep in their office while eliminating the ethical problems of the status quo.

ZachNolan's Opinion
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10/04/2018
Regarding this bill I’m all for looking into the feasibility of creating a dorm for members of Congress. I would imagine that having your coworkers as neighbors would foster some deeper friendships and maybe even a better dialogue in Congress. Additionally we can’t think of everything in terms of “Well they’re Congresspeople so they’re rich.” Anyone can be elected to Congress. If I were to be elected I’d be very unhappy if I couldn’t afford to rent a house in Washington DC and had to sleep in an office meant for business.
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10/04/2018
Since the American people pay for that couch then they shouldn’t get paid to use it as a living expense. Plus we pay them very well to begin with. They should be paying for their living expenses out of their own pockets.
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Celia's Opinion
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10/04/2018
This amounts to double dipping. Taxpayers pay for the living allowance and then they get a deduction on top of that. Another example of our Republic being hijacked by selfishness and special interests. Bravo.
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Sleeping in their offices allows members of Congress to work harder for their constituents, encourages bonding between members, and is fiscally responsible from a personal and governmental perspective. Using federal funds to subsidize members’ housing through tax deductions or the construction of congressional housing is irresponsible and inappropriate.

Ciel's Opinion
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10/04/2018
I already think politicians are overpaid, I am totally unwilling to pay for their housing.
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Rob's Opinion
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10/04/2018
Living expenses are generally not deductible, and members of Congress should not create tax breaks uniquely aimed at themselves. (As an aside, the 27th amendment may require that such a tax break not take effect until the next Congress, as it is effectively a pay increase.)
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Chickie's Opinion
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10/04/2018
You’ve got to be kidding me! Is this an example of our tax dollars at work? If this passes, then anyone who drives their vehicle (for whatever period of time), should receive a tax incentive for gas, repairs, car payments, etc. Why? Because during the time I drove my car, I was living in it! Our homes, apartments, restaurants were we eat, public bathrooms, all should be eligible as well. Sounds ludicrous right? So does this bill.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ethics
      Committee on Rules
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2018
    Regarding this bill I’m all for looking into the feasibility of creating a dorm for members of Congress. I would imagine that having your coworkers as neighbors would foster some deeper friendships and maybe even a better dialogue in Congress. Additionally we can’t think of everything in terms of “Well they’re Congresspeople so they’re rich.” Anyone can be elected to Congress. If I were to be elected I’d be very unhappy if I couldn’t afford to rent a house in Washington DC and had to sleep in an office meant for business.
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    I already think politicians are overpaid, I am totally unwilling to pay for their housing.
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    Living expenses are generally not deductible, and members of Congress should not create tax breaks uniquely aimed at themselves. (As an aside, the 27th amendment may require that such a tax break not take effect until the next Congress, as it is effectively a pay increase.)
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    You’ve got to be kidding me! Is this an example of our tax dollars at work? If this passes, then anyone who drives their vehicle (for whatever period of time), should receive a tax incentive for gas, repairs, car payments, etc. Why? Because during the time I drove my car, I was living in it! Our homes, apartments, restaurants were we eat, public bathrooms, all should be eligible as well. Sounds ludicrous right? So does this bill.
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    Since the American people pay for that couch then they shouldn’t get paid to use it as a living expense. Plus we pay them very well to begin with. They should be paying for their living expenses out of their own pockets.
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    All of the serious issues we have going on in this country and we are discussing where people sleep? Wow!
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    Let them sleep in their office if they like; it’ll be a nicer place to stay than where some Americans have to sleep every night. There’s definitely no need to give them a tax break.
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    Hell no!! Let them live off their salaries like the rest of us have to. We don’t get a living allowance why should they?
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    Having trouble paying for a place to live on the salary you receive? So do a lot of Americans. Get a second job like you tell your constituents. Congress makes well above minimum wage and has great healthcare. That's better than many Americans.
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    This amounts to double dipping. Taxpayers pay for the living allowance and then they get a deduction on top of that. Another example of our Republic being hijacked by selfishness and special interests. Bravo.
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    They already have the best healthcare, funded retirement, and ability to set their own pay. Which are they willing to give up for the stipend? (The rest of us would be taxed by the IRS for this fringe benefit.)
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    The American people don't get either of those as part of their jobs. I'm opposed to this unless the American people that some of which work multiple jobs can get those as well.
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    No actually let’s say they are working on an important bill and they want to sleep, let them. I think it’s better than making them waste time and go home and sleep and then come back.
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    Members of Congress already have enough financial perks. They don’t need more.
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    Members of Congress make a VERY GOOD SALARY. What's more, all but a handful of them are wealthy before they ever get elected. They can damned well pay for their own housing, or else they can live in HUD dormitories, one and all, and just make use of communal, clubhouse residences when they need to 'impress someone'.
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    These ungrateful people ALREADY MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY and can even vote themselves a raise, and seemingly work for life without term limits...PLUS PERKS AND PAYOFFS. NO FREAKING WAY! GO HOME OR TO NEAREST MOTEL and pay YOUR CASH TO SLEEP..DIRTBAGS!
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    Enough with the special treatment for congress. Does this mean I can deduct my living expenses, since I live in the location I do primarily because of work? This is the job that was signed up for. Rent a reasonably priced apartment and take public transportation, or set up congressional housing, paid for by the congress member, not the taxpayer. Every job comes with its own expenses, and public office was the job chosen. At about 138 days in session and a full year of pay at 3 times the national median income, congressional retirement, and congressional healthcare, there is no justification for more allowances and special treatment for an already privileged class. Feeling slighted or underpaid, despite these benefits? Go into the private sector.
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    Employees are not allowed to live in their cubicle or office, so congresspersons can’t either. Concerning tax deductible housing expenses: If they get it then all Americans who make less than they do, including benefits, stipends, kickbacks, retirement, etc, must get to do the same. BTW: I’m still waiting for their health insurance coverage at the price they pay for it.
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    Quite frankly I don't want any congressmen sleeping in their offices but at the same time I cannot support a huge tax break for them either. They should be barred from using their offices for apartments but they should have to provide their own housing just like everyone else.
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    They can get a motel and their wives can flip burgers. They are already overpaid.
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