[Guest post by DRJ]
Members of the House of Representatives can lease, maintain and insure luxury vehicles at taxpayer expense under a little known loophole that is not available to Senators. WCBS investigated New York and New Jersey Congressmen and found:
Congressman Charles Rangel leases a Cadillac DeVille for $774 per month.
Congressman Jose Serrano leases a Buick LaCrosse for $317 per month.
Congressman Gregory Meeks leases a Lexus LS460 for $998 per month.
Congressman Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn leases a 2008 Chevy impala for $219/month.
Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn used to lease a Lincoln for $845 per month, but switched to a 2008 mini-SUV made by Lincoln, the MKX, which costs $715 per month.
Instead of choosing a less expensive vehicle, Congressman Rangel insisted he needed a luxury car:
“CBS 2 HD: “How would you answer those people who say, ‘Well, but it’s taxpayer money. Instead of $700 a month, could you find something for, say, $300 a month?’”
Rangel: “I could probably find something for … one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, ‘With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?’”
Earlier, Rangel released a statement, further addressing the issue.
“When I’m in New York, my car is my office. I use it to conduct Congressional business. It really pleases me that (my constituents) appreciate driving in a comfortable car, especially the senior citizens,” Rangel said.
“The car isn’t just a vehicle for getting around; it’s an important part of doing my job and my constituents appreciate it.”
Sadly for Rangel, the taypayers WCBS interviewed thought Representatives should get by with less.
Anyone know how we can find out which Representatives lease vehicles under this program?