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Finally! Justice For Crooked Congresspeople
Richard Simon writes in the LA Times that that House voted to deny pensions to lawmakers-turned-felons. It makes me sick to think these scumbags would have collected taxpayer-funded pensions -- and that other scumbags have been collecting them. An excerpt from Simon's piece:

The measure, which the former California congressman once supported, won't affect him or any other lawmakers already convicted of crimes, including ex-Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), who was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison for his dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The bill's sponsors said it cannot be applied retroactively.

Cunningham, who is serving an eight-year prison term after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes and evading more than $1 million in taxes, is eligible for an estimated $36,000 a year pension from his eight terms in Congress, according to the National Taxpayers Union. Ney will be eligible to draw a congressional pension of about $29,000 a year when he turns 62 in 2016, the group estimated.

Unfortunately, they left a few crimes off the bill. The Republicans (rightly) chimed in that the bill didn't go far enough:

Now, lawmakers can lose their pensions if convicted of a crime against the United States, such as treason. Under the House measure, bribery, conspiracy and perjury would be added to the list.

Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) contended that the list should include 17 other felonies, such as income tax evasion, wire fraud, intimidation to secure contributions or racketeering.

"I will support the bill," Kirk said, "but it falls 17 felonies short of the reforms needed to improve the ethics of this House."

Posted by aalkon at January 24, 2007 6:45 AM


Some great fucking "measure" !

Did you also notice that it's not supposed to go into effect until January 2, 2009?

From today's Washignton Post:

"House leaders had also wanted to postpone the effective date of the measure to Jan. 2, 2009, to make it consistent with the language of the Senate-passed bill and reduce negotiations between the two chambers."

Ha! What a fucking joke!

Posted by: Brian Mann at January 24, 2007 7:20 AM

Here's the language I suggest:

If you're a felon, you don't get a cushy, taxpayer-funded retirement.

And let's make the bill retroactive.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at January 24, 2007 7:29 AM

Given that the republicans want to cancel social security why dont they start with their social security plan and just not allow and pensions at all?

Posted by: lujlp at January 24, 2007 1:10 PM

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