Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Only the Washington Times would publish this story. However, if it was enforced for last year's election, it would be enforced for '08-to the detriment of both parties.

NTU Study Finds Lawmakers Were Paid For Missed Days.
The Washington Times (1/26, Pierce) reports in its “Inside Politics” column reports that an NTU study says 25 lawmakers, “including Sen. John Kerry, received thousands of dollars in pay even though they were absent for long periods in 2003 and 2004, usually to campaign for higher office.” The NTU “said an obscure but valid law calls for members of Congress to be stripped of pay during absences unless they or a family member are ill, but congressional leaders have failed to enforce the law, while rank-and-file lawmakers seem reluctant to voluntarily comply.”


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