by John Hawkins | January 4, 2007 8:09 am
Drew Griffin, a CNN reporter, tries to talk to Dan Rostenkowski about his pension. Remember Rosty? He was the powerful head of the House Ways and Means Committee throughout the 1980s and early 90s, but who lost his seat in 1994 after he was involved in the House post office scandal. He later plead guilty to mail fraud and served 17 months in jail, although Clinton later pardoned him.
Remember Jim Traficant and Duke Cunningham, two other convicted lawmakers serving time?
Well it turns out that the federal government is still paying these guys pensions for their time serving in Congress. And they’re not alone.
According to the Taxpayers Union research, 20 lawmakers over the last 25 years have been found guilty of serious crimes while in office. All 20 received, or are still receiving, congressional retirement benefits.
The National Taxpayers Union is petitioning Congress to pass a new law cutting pensions for congressmen convicted of a crime. That should be an easy ethics change that everyone can get behind.
Unless they’re afraid that they too will one day need that pension…..
(H/T Real Clear Politics Blog)
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