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1. The nation has over $22 trillion in long-term debt. We have been engaged in “overseas ventures” (aka “small wars”) continuously for almost 20 years. The Chinese have been stealing our lunch for 40 years.
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A. The Federal Employees Retirement Program provides individual pension plans to members of Congress. Depending on the member's age, salary, and number of yrs in service, the pension benefit can be up to 80% of final salary (a lifelong pension benefit of ~$139K).
B. If a member of Congress dies while in office, their family will receive a payout of $174,000, or a year's salary.
C. A Members' Representational Allowance provides each member with money for official expenses including personnel, officials mailings, and office furnishings. In 2017, the allowance granted each member $944,671.
D. For 90 days after they leave office, members have access to "franking" mail, or sending official mail to their constituents.
E. Congressional benefits follow members off Capitol Hill as well, including free, reserved parking spots at Washington DC-area airports.
F. Members of Congress are able to reserve seats on multiple flights but only pay for the flight they take. Major airlines also have a dedicated Congressional call desk to sort out any issues.
G. The Senate Hair Care Services has been in operation since the early 19th Century, providing a variety of grooming services including haircuts and manicures.
H. Former members can still enjoy on-site amenities including the House and Senate dining rooms and the gym, which requires a fee to use after retirement.
I. Former lawmakers also have continued access to the floor of the chamber where they served as long as they have not become an "agent of foreign principal," or employed to influence legislation.
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A. Wayne Hays sex-secretary who couldn’t type (1976)
B. Fred Richmond pedophilia (1978)
C. The Gerry Studds/Dan Crane congressional page scandal (pedophilia) (1983)
D. Barney Frank’s homosexual prostitution ring (1989)
E. Mark Foley’s “instant sexting” (2006)
F. Larry Craig’s lewd conduct in a bathroom (2007)
G. John Edward’s extramarital affair wrecked his presidential bid (2008)
H. Robert Menendez with underage hookers (2017)
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A. Whistleblower Protections
B. Subpoenas for Health and Safety Probes
C. Keeping Workplace Records
D. Prosecution for Retaliating Against Employees
E. Posting Notices of Workers’ Rights
F. Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Training
G. The Freedom of Information Act
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