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Can’t you see Kennedy or Kerry in a Prius?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

This is more funny than profound, because most likely it would disappear in any final Energy bill as negotiated between the House and Sentate:
Members of Congress who have been leasing gas-guzzling vehicles at taxpayers' expense could be forced to downsize. Just before leaving town for its August recess, the House of Representatives approved a little-noticed amendment to its energy bill that would allow Congress members to lease only environmentally friendly cars. The amendment's author, Missouri Democrat Emanuel Cleaver, estimates it will affect about 100 members who spend more than $1 million a year to lease vehicles, including many large luxury cars.
Why bring it up? Two points. One, these yahoos are leasing large luxury cars on your dime. I don't know about you but it irritates the hell out of me. Two, it always helps if you actually read the legislation you're voting on. Frankly I suspect that happens much less than even I might imagine, and little indicators like this seem to prove that point.
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I trust we’re not talking each member (* 100) leasing a vehicle @million a year.

"A million here, a million there, pretty soon you’re talking serious money"
Written By: looker
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My next question is on behalf of Fat Ted though, "Does a Prius float?"
Written By: looker
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Three, if our congresscritters cannot be bothered to read all the details of the legislation they pass (assuming they are even capable of doing so) what makes them deserving of the six-figure salary and all the bennies that go with the job?
Written By: D
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I don’t have a problem paying for a rental car for my employees, but if they want the upgrade they should have to pay for it themselves. (Same with Coach v. First Class)
Written By: Shinobi
except these guys are fairly convinced we’re their employees, not the other way around.

And I’m sure they do get an allowance for this. As employers we ought to be able to insist they get good value and are not spending OUR cash excess...

I can’t finish the sentence.
Written By: looker
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Are we sure they’d even have to abide by the amendment?

I mean, Congress gets past the disabilities act, and a slew of other legislation... How would this one actually affect them?
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Members of Congress who have been leasing gas-guzzling vehicles at taxpayers’ expense could be forced to downsize
As Glenn Reynolds always says, we’ll believe it is a crisis when the people who are telling us it is a crisis, act like it is a crisis.

Written By: shark
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I’m sorry, why are we even paying for their cars in the first place? Most, if not all of these ’fine, honorable’ men and women are well established and wealthy individuals who are more than capable of leasing their own cars. I know this because they managed to do it for many, many years before joining the Senate.

Now, I understand why you want protection and what not fot the President, former Presidents, and I’ll even go as far as former Vice Presidents for the sake of courtesy. But there is absolutely NO REASON those lazy do-nothing thiefs should be driving so much as a box car, let alone a Bently, on my dime.

They can all WALK to the Hill for all I care.
Written By: Joel C.
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Can’t you see Kennedy or Kerry in a Prius?
No, but I’d love to see Sen Kennedy just trying to get into one.

Does anyone recall the Sheila Jackson Lee episode as reported by the Weekly Standard?
WHEN SHEILA JACKSON LEE first came to Washington in January 1995, the Texas Democrat railed against the Capitol’s silk-stockinged elite. "The American people want reform, not phony but real reform," she said in her debut House speech. "They want to know that the days of free meals and free trips and special privileges are over. . . . As Members of Congress, we should not be using public office for private gain."
Jeez, have I heard that refrain before?
It’s about 200 paces from the awning of Jackson Lee’s Capitol Hill apartment to the marbled steps of the Cannon House Office Building, where her office is. Most people think the walk is a pleasant one. Red-brick townhouses give onto tree-lined streets; crossing guards ensure no one is run over. It’s the kind of neighborhood where you might expect to find the Republican party’s headquarters—and do. They’re right next door to Jackson Lee’s building. In a city that consistently ranks among the nation’s worst for commuting, Jackson Lee would seem to have it made.
But apparently it’s not convenient enough. Jackson Lee is routinely chauffeured the one short block to work—in a government car, by a member of her staff, at the taxpayers’ expense. And apparently in violation of House rules.
Written By: tom scott
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Hey, that’s a whole thousand feet if you’re using the old English standard pace!
That’s nearly 2/10’s of a mile! You want her to walk a whole 2/10’s of a mile? It could be raining! or snowing!

Or, if they’re using the pace = 30 inch rule, it’s almost a 1/10 of a mile!
You want her to walk 1/10 of a mile! it could be raining!, or snowing!

Outrageous either way!
She should have a sedan chair (unless she drives a government coupe) no, a palanquin, in case it’s raining or snowing!, armored, of course.
Written By: looker
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I don’t know about a Prius, but I can see Kennedy in a Priapus.
Written By: timactual
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Great. Just sat down at the computer to read a little Q&O and eat my supper, a corndog. Thanks, timactual!

Hey, if this stays in the bill, how long do you think it will be before some enterprising Washingtonian starts leasing hybrid stretch limosines? And somebody in Congress, maybe Mrs. Boxer, starts insisting on the right of Congresspersons to have access to a C-130 to carry it around the country for them?
Written By: Terry
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Perhaps she has a lot of paperwork, plus laptop, etc. If the staff is driving that way anyways on the way to work, its essentially carpooling.
Written By: Harun
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