On YOUR Dime: Congressmen Lease Luxury Cars


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Jan 16, 2003
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"Little-Known But Exploited Loophole Allows Politicians To Drive, Maintain Expensive Cars, SUVs On Taxpayer Money"
"Rep. Charles Rangel: 'My Constituents Appreciate It'"

"NEW YORK (CBS) ― You may not realize it, but members of the House of Representatives can lease a car and have it paid for by you -- the taxpayer. And it's not just the car, but gas, registration, insurance … the works.

And as CBS 2 HD found out, there's no limit on how much they can spend.

Congressman Charles Rangel was recently seen getting out of his Cadillac DeVille, which he leases for $774 per month. Then there was Congressman Jose Serrano, getting out of his Buick LaCrosse, which he leases for $317 per month. And how about this one: Congressman Gregory Meeks was recently seen waiting for Congressman John Conyers to step out of Meeks' Lexus LS460, which Meeks leases for $998 per month.

All those leases are picked up by taxpayers through a little-known program available only to members of the House of Representatives. "


Time for a change? Permanant part time legislature, real term limits and revocation of all perks and benefits ...


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Feb 17, 2002
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Those cars are all hybrids right?

The only thing wrong with cutting salaries and perks for these people is that it makes it even harder for a common person to run for elected office. You have to be independantly wealthy or on the take in order to afford to serve. It's a tricky situation.

I'm 100% for term limits. If term limts serve the President well, then why not all elected officials?

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