The lawmaker said this would help ease the financial burden for lawmakers who cannot afford two rents or mortgages.
“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress,” Congressman Chaffetz told The Hill in an interview.
“In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.”
Mr. Chaffetz officially resigns from Congress this Friday.
“Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” the Congressman said. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here.”
He added, “There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”
Congressman Chaffetz infamously told Americans that they could afford health insurance if they stopped buying smartphones. Could lawmakers follow the same advice in regards to their housing challenges