Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
June 30, 2015

House CR Forks Over $174,000 for Late Senator’s Wife

There are many things House Republicans liked about the government continuing resolution. It defunds Obamacare, locks in the sequester spending cuts and keeps the government running.

But there’s one provision tucked into the CR that may anger constituents back home: Among the various sections of the House-passed CR are 28 words that would pay $174,000 to the widow of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.

“Sec. 134. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, there is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.”

The death gratuity — a long-practiced, little-known, unofficial perk of office — has been a staple of congressional deaths. A Congressional Research Service report on members who die in office says:

“…it has been the typical practice of the House to provide a death gratuity equal to the member’s annual salary, payable to the deceased member’s widow or widower, or children either in the annual legislative branch appropriations act or a measure providing supplemental funds for the legislative branch. By statute, a death gratuity is considered a gift.”

Before Lautenberg’s death, he was No. 8 on Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress with a net worth of at least $56.8 million.

That raises a question for the government watchdogs at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: “Why is the government throwing money at a multimillionaire?”

In a post on CREW’s website, Daniel Schuman says the situation is “even more galling” when you think about the choice it represents.

“Congress just voted to cut food stamps for poor children,” Schuman says, referring to the nutrition bill passed in the House on Thursday. “The self-serving attitude that the death gratuity embodies places members of Congress above the public they are elected to serve. The last place this giveaway belongs is in legislation intended to contain only the essential measures to keep the government open.”

Comments (599)

  1. Guest

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:29 p.m.

    Why the heck should taxpayers be on the hook for $174,000 to a multi millionaires wife ?
    Take it out now.

    • Lykeuhfox

      Sept. 20, 2013
      3:31 p.m.

      Absolutely. This is the kind of s#$t that pisses us off. Stop treating our taxes like monopoly money.

      • rihiimaki222

        Sept. 20, 2013
        3:51 p.m.

        Monopoly money hell, they are treating our money like toilet paper.

        • TheSpeckledGibbler

          Sept. 20, 2013
          9:23 p.m.

          Sorry, but it is toilet paper.

          • bitmap

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:47 p.m.

            Sorry, but toilet paper has more real value. Nobody wants to wipe their butt w/ dollar bills.

          • mountaindaisy

            Sept. 21, 2013
            1:27 a.m.

            Yep, Love the pic of the TP imprinted w Franklin $100 bills

        • LarryEF

          Sept. 21, 2013
          1:33 a.m.

          I wish I had a roll of toilet paper with the congressmen’s faces on it. Surely someone sells it somewhere.

      • Navygirl92

        Sept. 20, 2013
        3:58 p.m.

        They talk about a million dollars being decimal dust. Scary.

        • SteveThomas39

          Sept. 20, 2013
          8:45 p.m.

          It’s long past time to bring back the tradition of tar and feathers for those who regard themselves as our masters, rather than their proper role as our servants. That goes double for the executive.

      • Kay Mauer

        Sept. 20, 2013
        5:25 p.m.

        These baztirds need to be physically thrown out of office. Wake up America!

        • smokehouse56

          Sept. 20, 2013
          7:16 p.m.

          I alway like when a person says “wake up America.” What the hell does that mean. Are you telling the people on the board to wake up because no one else in the world is reading the board.

          • "Jack"

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8:34 p.m.

            Ordinarily, questions are punctuated with question marks.

          • norton

            Sept. 20, 2013
            9:38 p.m.

            If the grammer police paid as much attention to what is happening in the world we must have fewer problems.

          • Fiala

            Sept. 20, 2013
            9:55 p.m.

            it’s grammar

          • norton

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:38 p.m.

            Did that on purpose for you idiots.

          • TruthInSpending

            Sept. 21, 2013
            4:58 a.m.

            Sure you did.

          • norton

            Sept. 21, 2013
            6:59 a.m.

            Idiot

          • Horst Schadenfreude

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:53 p.m.

            gram´mer (grăm´mẽr)
            n. 1. Grammar; – a common misspelling.

          • Sammie Jo

            Sept. 21, 2013
            12:37 a.m.

          • sickntired

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:05 p.m.

            It’s grammar, not grammer.

          • norton

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:38 p.m.

            Proves you are an idiot.

          • Sammie Jo

            Sept. 21, 2013
            12:37 a.m.

            I think you’re the idiot.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammar

          • John Whalen

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8:46 p.m.

            Aaaaaannnnd SLEEEEEEEP!!!

          • John Doe

            Sept. 20, 2013
            9:06 p.m.

            just another lib troll don’t respond.

      • Jonathan777

        Sept. 20, 2013
        6:43 p.m.

        These people are absolute criminals raping the country to grab as much of our money as they can before the house of cards collapses. It is now everyone for themselves and these congress people and Obama and his minions are grabbing it all. It is criminal, plain and simple!

    • Memphomaniac

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:09 p.m.

      … back home we accomplish the same thing, for our spouses, calling it..LIFE INSURANCE. ITEMIZED spending..Now. Constitutional Convention to address Federal Tyranny…NOW. You actually think this is a ..one time only glitch in an otherwise sound government? (just wait till you see what OBAMACARE will do…)

    • Slam1263

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:17 p.m.

      Is there anyone in OUR Congress that isn’t a millionaire?
      How can they say they represent us?

      • victoryman

        Sept. 20, 2013
        5:41 p.m.

        Can you name ONE member of congress who left congress poor? We now have one-party government despite the few and far between “Howls” from republicans. All smoke and mirrors, like this phony obamacare defunding. The repubs know it’s doomed to failure. It is being done for the sake of the Sheeple who have no critical thinking skills and do not know when they are being fleeced. With “Leadership” like Boehner, Cantor , McConnell, etc., we are in bad company.

        • Stephanie Payne

          Sept. 20, 2013
          5:53 p.m.

          You’re such an idiot… and it’s your party that’s running the whole show in DC! You are clueless… and you are the problem.

          • Donald Wade

            Sept. 20, 2013
            6:02 p.m.

            Truth hurt? If you think the GOP is any different than the DNC, I feel sorry for you.

          • Ron Burgandy

            Sept. 20, 2013
            6:54 p.m.

            Well the DNC booed God- 3 times; GOP did not.

          • Donald Wade

            Sept. 20, 2013
            7:35 p.m.

            WOW!!!! They didn’t boo God. And for that I should let them help the Democrats destroy the country?
            Sorry, but no.

          • Margaret Shepherd

            Sept. 21, 2013
            6:55 a.m.

            Actually they did. On camera was not only that disgusting scene but a couple of them were shaking their fists at God as they screamed boo.

          • Keith

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8 p.m.

            Pro life vs Pro Abortion, Free market vs Govt funded EVERYTHING, Lower Taxes vs TAX EVERYTHING….yeah, exactly the same on every issue. SIMPLETON

          • Donald Wade

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8:10 p.m.

            Yeah right. And if you believe them, I have a bridge for sale. Cheap

          • Michael Lloyd

            Sept. 20, 2013
            10:06 p.m.

            If he believes them, you can raise the price of the bridge.

          • Layla

            Sept. 26, 2013
            5:08 p.m.

            I’m living it.

          • haaggus

            Sept. 21, 2013
            5:01 a.m.

            The GOP is not for free markets or lower taxes. History, especially recent history, has proven this.

          • Margaret Shepherd

            Sept. 21, 2013
            6:57 a.m.

            If they want to hold public office, they will do what is demanded of them by their constituents or they will be replaced, period. I’m not defending the GOP although at least they aren’t intentionally destroying our job market like the democrats are.

          • tallron

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8:43 p.m.

            Donald, your critical thinking skills are guano.

          • victoryman

            Sept. 21, 2013
            11:26 a.m.

            Sticks and stones………I’ll try to point out a few facts for you edification. POTUS…….Democrat. Senate? Controlled by the Democrats. Senate committees? Chaired and majority held by Democrats. House of Representatives? Republican majority. ……and the republicans “Are running the whole show?” You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts……….

          • Stephanie Payne

            Sept. 23, 2013
            9:16 a.m.

            And you are entitled to take all your thoughts from the Demwit talking points.. but that doesn’t make them right. The funny thing is that you are such a cliche, but you think you are clever and intelligent. Nothing like leftist idiocy on display for all to see. And it’s clear that many Low IQ voters for the leftists are now seeing their idiocy. Ahem, namely they’re finally understanding (taking a break from the Kardashians and Miley Cyrus) to notice that Prizzy BOzo still blames Prizzy BOzo for this disastrous economy when the Demwits controlled everything for his first two years of office… and with the corrupt leftist media in his court (never mentioning executive orders in defiance of laws passed by Congress), the Demwits still run the whole show. That’s the part that your feeble brain cannot comprehend. LOL… but go ahead and keep showing the Low IQs who believed the Demwits for five years… they’re tuning you out. Oh, and if you don’t believe me, just read what Alan Greenspan thinks about BOzo and the Demwits. Even Angria Mitchell’s hubby cannot keep up the charade anymore. LOL… in the end “liberalism” (aka corrupt leftist regressive Keynesian policies) all fail. You’re just too emotionally tied to the Demwits to admit it.

        • Donald Wade

          Sept. 20, 2013
          8:09 p.m.

          I would add Reid, Pelosi and Schumer to that list. Along with the remaining 433 members of Congress

        • ItWasAboutTime

          Sept. 20, 2013
          11:42 p.m.

          Mel Hancock from Missouri was about the last person I know of who truly cared about the people and tried to keep taxes under control and achieved some success. Members from both parties did their level best to undermine him. He didn’t live poor, but he got made his personal income from running a business and was successful. If it wasn’t for him taxpayers in Missouri would have been screwed a thousand times over.

        • EddieInFL

          Sept. 21, 2013
          5:52 a.m.

          The “two party” system doesn’t exist in reality. It’s all a game of “I SAY…..YOU SAY.” They rehearse the lines behind closed doors so it “appears” that we have a two party system. Unfortunately, most people do not take the time to know any more about politics than they hear in 15 second “sound bites”.

      • Ruth

        Sept. 21, 2013
        5:40 a.m.

        My first thought was that Michelle and Obama spend more than that on vacation.

        I think this started when the country did and most of the politicians were farmers who went back home when their term was over.Today they all become rich while serving so they should not need it anymore.

    • 4juices

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:50 p.m.

      I lean to the right and absolutely take out. People should buy life insurance. I have to believe there is a govt life insurance program.

      • lookinforawayout

        Sept. 20, 2013
        10:41 p.m.

        In the government there is – and it is a only a few bucks. You can even get it for your spouse for a few bucks more.

      • Sideeous

        Sept. 21, 2013
        7:16 a.m.

        They probably got a nice insurance payment ON TOP of the gratuity dough… No telling what else they got under the table as well, these people are all mobsters.

    • Stephanie Payne

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:51 p.m.

      Figures it’s for a Democrat!!!

      • Donald Wade

        Sept. 20, 2013
        6:04 p.m.

        Read the story, they do this for EVERY dead congressperson, including REPUBLICANS. Now get off the partisan plantation and the the DNC and the GOP to f*ck off

        • dixie68

          Sept. 20, 2013
          7:26 p.m.

          That doesn’t make it right. It should be stopped altogether.

          • Donald Wade

            Sept. 20, 2013
            8:07 p.m.

            I agree. I was responding to an obviously GOP partisan.

    • Downandoutinchicago

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:18 p.m.

      Just because OK?

    • "Jack"

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:33 p.m.

      Someone ought to punch Frank Lautenberg squarely in the nose until he looks like Henry Waxman.

      • bob cratchette

        Sept. 20, 2013
        11:32 p.m.

        henry Waxman’s father was a donkey, he has to be one of the ugliest men I have ever seen, would make a freight train take a dirt road

        • pinkelephant22

          Sept. 20, 2013
          11:40 p.m.

          Ha! So true about Waxman. And did you know he’s also only 5’5″? LOL.

      • dmcrane

        Sept. 20, 2013
        11:45 p.m.

        You do realize that Frank Lautenberg is dead? The benefit paid went to his wife.

    • Obama2012not

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:20 p.m.

      …and publish the name and picture of the weasel congressman that snuck it in!

    • 4juices

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:45 p.m.

      Congress is a loose cannon.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      Sept. 21, 2013
      12:15 a.m.

      You think this is bad. Consider that we are not only paying them over $14000/mo we are also picking up the tab to lease, fuel and insure a vehicle of their choice for their use while in DC. Why are we paying for some multimillionaire to lease a car of their choice? Charlie Rangel gets a new Cadillac to drive at taxpayer expense, another Dem leases a Lexus SUV that costs taxpayers a $1000 a month in addition to his salary.

    • Marcia Badowski

      Sept. 21, 2013
      11:37 a.m.

      Lautenberg’s net worth is irrelevant. This is an employer based life insurance payout that many companies provide to employees. It is usually 1x yearly salary/wages, but can be higher for management. Sometimes employers allow an option to pay a little bit more each month for higher payouts. I would doubt the government is forking over the entire amount, but rather is paying premiums to a life insurance carrier.

      • Layla

        Sept. 27, 2013
        1:59 p.m.

        Name 5 companies who do this now, Marcia. Most American families earn 4 TIMES LESS THAN CONGRESS. Why is that?

    • Barbara's Political Rantings

      Oct. 17, 2013
      12:51 p.m.

      Too late…its a done deal. The spineless caved again. She is a millionaire. Her husband died and left her 53 Million bucks. We are just about ready to drag these traitors out by their coat tails.

      Not only did Boehner cave; he joined Democrats to pass the bill! So did Darrell Issa and Peter King.

      Here are the Republicans who joined Democrats to pass the bill.

      Spencer Bachus
      Lou Barletta
      Dan Benishek
      Gus Bilirakis
      John Boehner
      Charles Boustany
      Susan Brooks
      Vern Buchanan
      Ken Calvert
      Dave Camp
      Eric Cantor
      Shelley Moore Capito
      Howard Coble
      Mike Coffman
      Tom Cole
      Paul Cook
      Tom Cotton
      Kevin Cramer
      Rick Crawford
      Ander Crenshaw
      Steve Daines
      Charlie Dent
      Mario Diaz-Balart
      Mike Fitzpatrick
      Jeff Fortenberry
      Rodney Frelinghuysen
      Cory Gardner
      Jim Gerlach
      Chris Gibson
      Tim Griffin
      Michael Grimm
      Brett Guthrie
      Richard Hanna
      Gregg Harper
      Doc Hastings
      Joe Heck
      Jaime Herrera Beutler
      Darrell Issa
      Lynn Jenkins
      David Joyce
      Mike Kelly
      Peter King
      Adam Kinzinger
      John Kline
      Leonard Lance
      Tom Latham
      Frank LoBiondo
      Kevin McCarthy
      Patrick McHenry
      Buck McKeon
      David McKinley
      Cathy McMorris Rodgers
      Pat Meehan
      Gary Miller
      Tim Murphy
      Devin Nunes
      Erik Paulsen
      Robert Pittenger
      Dave Reichert
      Reid Ribble
      Scott Rigell
      Hal Rogers
      Mike Rogers
      Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
      Peter Roskam
      Jon Runyan
      Aaron Schock
      John Shimkus
      Bill Shuster
      Mike Simpson
      Adrian Smith
      Chris Smith
      Steve Stivers
      Lee Terry
      Glenn Thompson
      Pat Tiberi
      Scott Tipton
      Fred Upton
      David Valadao
      Daniel Webster
      Ed Whitfield
      Rob Wittman
      Frank Wolf
      Steve Womack
      Don Young
      Todd Young
      – See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/…/…

  2. proudtexan51

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:34 p.m.

    Well isn’t that just great? NOT!

  3. PittsburghTiger

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:35 p.m.

    PIGS! ONE AND ALL!

  4. teasacker

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:36 p.m.

    Ugh. And we have the families of service members killed overseas that get little more than a folded flag…

    These “people” should be torn apart – literally – and fed to each other.

    • ElmoS

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:07 p.m.

      WE can’t even get enough money to take care of our wounded and their families. This really hurts me to the core.

      • Memphis Slimbo

        Sept. 20, 2013
        11:10 p.m.

        This is a great example of just how tone-deaf they are- I’m glad the practice has been publicized- should be the end of it now.

  5. michael s

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:36 p.m.

    Isn’t there any “means testing”?

    • ElmoS

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:14 p.m.

      Yes, there is means testing, It means we are getting the shaft and it MEANS THEY DON’T GIVE A DAM ABOUT US CITIZENS.

  6. Topsy Krets

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:36 p.m.

    if this isn’t enough to tell you we need gov’t reform I really don’t know what to say.

    • Layla

      Sept. 27, 2013
      2:03 p.m.

      2014 is coming. Every member of the House and 1/3 of the Senate are up for reelection. Time to start flipping the Congress and then hold a Constitutional Convention, adding term limits, salary and benefit limits.

      • Topsy Krets

        Sept. 30, 2013
        7:57 a.m.

        you’re my kind of lady Layla!

  7. 1TSMommy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:37 p.m.

    I wish line item vetos were possible!

    • Memphomaniac

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:16 p.m.

      They are! Constitutional Amendments! Call for a State Convention Now!

    • Neal Avery

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:19 p.m.

      Lauterberg was a democrat. Obama would line item someone else and give Lauterberg more. He was a big anti-gun Senator. F Him.

  8. OldmanRick

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:39 p.m.

    Until the money comes directly from their pockets, congress really doesn’t care how they spend taxpayer money.

    • ElmoS

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:09 p.m.

      They even gave their staffs a stipend to pay for OBAMACARE and we get the shaft.

      • Neal Avery

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:15 p.m.

        The rob the vetrans to save money to give free health care to the illegals.

    • 4juices

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:51 p.m.

      You are right and it doesn’t matter if Left or Right of the isle.

    • skoch

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:03 p.m.

      They always exempt themselves from the laws they create. I suggest a Constitutional Amendment to not allow lawyers to run for office.

  9. O.g. Shocker

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:39 p.m.

    Fah King incredible! Time to trim the FAT!

  10. Zombee

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:39 p.m.

    Washington D.C. is home of the wealthiest people in America known as the Permanent Political Class .They have been extracting money from the middle class taxpayers of America and lining their pockets for way to long, while dividing the rest of America. This approach keeps the focus off of them and their sleazy corruption and treason .We are all now serfs ‘tax slaves’ of Washington DC’s permanent political class and Obamao’s progressive oppressive big Government authoritarian rule. Our independence is systematically being taken away from us and we are steadily being made serfs of the state. Speak out to remain free or be quietly enslaved.

    • Memphomaniac

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:13 p.m.

      Do more, than Speak Out. Call for a Constitutional Convetion to amend our Constitution. Term limits, salary caps for Congress, etc. We can stop this Federal Tyranny! We must also be prepared to Tar and Feather our Congressmen, and send them outta town on a rail. (this part sounds like fun!)

      • mark g.

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:43 p.m.

        It’s time for a Constitutional Convention. Government is too big and out of control. The Two Party monopoly must also end.

        After that, we must put an end to these serial wars of aggression. America must become a normal country again. Strop the gluttony, waste and wars.

        • Marshall Thompson

          Sept. 20, 2013
          10:48 p.m.

          No more being the policeman to the world! Let those other people fix their own problems without US interference or the deaths of our soldiers.

      • DCB

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:47 p.m.

        This mess could end if we would just outlaw lobbying. Once you take the money out of the equation they just might start to represent us the people again!

      • migtex1234

        Sept. 20, 2013
        5:14 p.m.

        CALL YOUR REPRESENTITIVE NOW ABOUT GIVING AWAY TAX DOLLARS TO OUR SICK CONGRESS,
        CO
        LAUTENNBERG WAS A;READY A PARASITE ON TAX DOLLARS & SPECIAL PERKS FOR DECADES AND NOW congress gives away more tax dollars FOR WHAT?????

    • John Cleary

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:59 p.m.

      Thieves

  11. BigIronRam

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:41 p.m.

    $174,000? And the family members of the dead at Fort Hood get nada?

    • chiefpayne

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:57 p.m.

      Yep…because their family members didn’t die in a combat zone.
      Disgusting, isn’t it.

      • trigger

        Sept. 20, 2013
        7:54 p.m.

        you are correct. a combat zone is anywhere in the world to radical islam.

  12. roofusdoofus

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:41 p.m.

    defund congress.

  13. rihiimaki222

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:44 p.m.

    This asehole didn’t scam enough money while he was alive? Who the hell voted for this?

    • robert97

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:11 p.m.

      We in NJ know that he did (even after he made multi-millions at ADP)!

    • ElmoS

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:12 p.m.

      You are exactly right,Senator Frank Lautenberg was one of the most hated men in the Congress. I wonder if we paid to have this piece of trash buried. This man was a disgusting human being.

  14. Twerking4Pesos

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:44 p.m.

    Johnny Donovan: We have a lovely parting gift for you, Ms. Lautenberg!

  15. Abe Peters

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:46 p.m.

    Why should they be on the hook for any GIFT to a deceased legislator’s family?
    I work very hard for my money, not to allow them to gift it because it makes them feel better.
    Take up a collection amongst yourselves like private companies do,
    It is so much easier to just give OUR money away.
    Scumbags!

    • ewrp

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:12 p.m.

      Exactly. They should all chip in their own money. One former Congressman used to vote against all the Congressional Gold Medals that cost $25k each because he thought if it was that important, the 535 members of Congress should chip in around $50 each to fund it themselves.

  16. TheLibertyDefender

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:46 p.m.

    What about the famiies of the Fort Hood terrorist attack victims? They aren’t getting anything.

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      3:53 p.m.

      Because that was merely “workplace violence.”

      • Neal Avery

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:17 p.m.

        We’ll see what the Navy Yard victims get.

        • TheLibertyDefender

          Sept. 20, 2013
          4:18 p.m.

          Probably a lie, a fake smile, then a quick kick in the behind. Similar to the Benghazi victim families.

        • Dickel Diet

          Sept. 20, 2013
          4:19 p.m.

          That’s a provoking thought. I doubt the DHS will label it as domestic terrorism due to the perpetrator’s traits.

    • Marshall Thompson

      Sept. 20, 2013
      10:50 p.m.

      Are you listening NSA? Obama is the Worst. President. Ever!

  17. JamesDean911

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:47 p.m.

    Fire em all….jerks.

  18. Paul Braasch

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:47 p.m.

    People, you want to stop this bull$hit?

    Stand as one on April 15th and tell the government **** YOU!

    Throw your 1099’s in the trash

  19. CSinMiami

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:48 p.m.

    Defund the IRS

  20. J. Jones

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:48 p.m.

    Sounds like the tea people need to get on this right away!

  21. Gary Cain

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:48 p.m.

    Yes…time to trim the fat…starting with Boehner if he doesn’t remove that…Lautenberg is worth 50 mil and probably has a life insurance policy….what the ‘hey’ is wrong with both parties

    • Gstephens

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:31 p.m.

      In legislative terms, it’s called “logrolling” and “back scratching.” There are no party lines when it comes to feathering the nests of larcenous politicians.

  22. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:55 p.m.

    The scumbags continue to steal from us even from the grave. I hate this class of people more and more each day.

    • nostudme1

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:21 p.m.

      No question he’ll vote “D” next goround.

  23. Doug Doakes

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:56 p.m.

    The “gift” to the multimillionaire’s widow is blatant government CORRUPTION. $174,000 to his wealthy widow while combat veterans have to depend on charities like Wounded Warriors. It can’t get any worse than that!

    • DCB

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:53 p.m.

      If she was a good soul she would donate that money to the wounded warriors charity ya think.

      • JasonL77

        Sept. 20, 2013
        6:09 p.m.

        If she was a good soul she would refuse to take this stolen money from us taxpayers!

  24. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:57 p.m.

    Give her a brown paper lunchbag with a loaf of dogcrap in it.

  25. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:58 p.m.

    Jail the filthy criminal’s wife.

    • Memphomaniac

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:35 p.m.

      ..better yet… Have her pick up the check, in person on The Capital Lawn. Be ready with Big pot of Tar and Feathers. Cross that barrier, and the check is yours!

  26. John Howard

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:58 p.m.

    Julia Carson of Indiana pulled that stunt, doing a disappearing act for months and hiding her terminal cancer until the very end, obviously so she could ‘die in office’ and snag the big payday as one last F-U to the taxpayers.

  27. disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:59 p.m.

    Sadly, he wasnt worth much to start with. He was a Dem that hated the USA.

  28. Navygirl92

    Sept. 20, 2013
    3:59 p.m.

    Isn’t it about time We the People audit our Government?

    • 5Xdaddy

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:12 p.m.

      Why don’t we require the government to follow the same financial reporting/accounting rules that they demand of businesses? They’d be exposed as the criminal they are in an instant.

      • Layla

        Sept. 27, 2013
        2:06 p.m.

        And reduce their hours to 28, just like the rest of America.

  29. Midwestmike

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4 p.m.

    This is BS. Strip it out!

  30. sd0987

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:01 p.m.

    Vile. If she had a soul, she would decline it. She won’t.

    • jfgalt

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:07 p.m.

      If it progresses to be a scandal, she’ll still take the money and say that she will contribute it to a charity. She’ll take the tax write-off. The charity will of course be one that their family runs. They’ll take off the top, fees to run the charity which will be payable to them. They’ll contribute the money some pet cause like Statues for the Homeless by some unknown artist who is actually a family member and it will be money that they would have contributed from their own pocket which now they won’t have to.

      • 5Xdaddy

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:10 p.m.

        Hilariously said! I love it!

      • DCB

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:55 p.m.

        In these times that sounds about right! Good for you.

      • Dickel Diet

        Sept. 20, 2013
        5:09 p.m.

        “Statues for the Homeless by some unknown artist who is actually a family member …”
        OMG! Freaking priceless.

    • Neal Avery

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:20 p.m.

      The $56 million was probably her family money.

    • bezane

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:41 p.m.

      If she had a soul, she would charge it rent.

  31. Grandinquisitor1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:02 p.m.

    Republicans want to means test Social Security. Perhaps they should start with government pensions. Does Teddy Kennedy’s widow really need to collect six figures for the rest of her life?

    • robert97

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:13 p.m.

      Conservatives want to privatize Social Security.

      • Grandinquisitor1

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:20 p.m.

        So some homework on the elected representatives website. Most Republicans are calling for means testing SS.

      • Dickel Diet

        Sept. 20, 2013
        4:52 p.m.

        To hell with privatization. I just want a refund.

  32. buzz light year

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:02 p.m.

    typical theft. $174k /535 members of congress = about $325 each. cheap bastards would rather steal from the taxpayers than open their own wallets.

  33. ghostofakid

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:02 p.m.

    To bad they aren’t passing out 535 of those.

    • robert97

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:15 p.m.

      But they are. Even Representatives who get voted out of office get a pension for life, and health care. Try that at a private company: work 2 years, but get fired for doing a bad job?.

  34. Marbran

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:03 p.m.

    It’ll pay for her 30-day cruise through Europe. Why should a millionairess pay when the little people won’t even notice.

    Liberty Amendments now!!!!! Spread the word!

    Learn them, and spread them, to one person a day, and we will all thrive, not as socialists, not as a commune, but as free individuals.

    • Memphomaniac

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:18 p.m.

      Bravo!

  35. shmu

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:03 p.m.

    Simple. Just say NO.

  36. Jack_Kennedy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:03 p.m.

    where are the democrats and their whine about the millionaires and billionaires ………….. crickets

    COME ON DEMOCRATS ……………. stop this giveaway to the MILLIONAIRE

  37. Beaverhat

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:04 p.m.

    And they wonder why nobody trust government!

  38. ElmoS

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:05 p.m.

    Everyday,they ,the Senators and Representatives take care of their own and their Multimillionaire spouses and leave us citizens out here with crushing debt,no jobs, and they want to raise our taxes so they can give it to someone who will never need it. You wonder what the hell we even have a Congress for? What I’m really thinking is not printable on this site. Everyday,they stick it to us and don’t care.

  39. George Talbot

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:05 p.m.

    Means-test that puppy.

  40. TraderJo

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:06 p.m.

    Dictionary.com says that the definition of “gratuity” is
    1. a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
    2. something given without claim or demand. .
    a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
    a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.

    NONE of which she qualifies for! Time for the blue-pencil!

  41. fcabanski

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:07 p.m.

    The so called hard core conservative Cruz voted yes to this.

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:10 p.m.

      Isn’t Ted Cruz a Senator?

    • Neal Avery

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:33 p.m.

      This was with the bill to defund Obamacare. Continue Sequesteration and keep the government from shutting down.

  42. NCPatriot27615

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:10 p.m.

    It’s time to cut these idiots off. I don’t care which ‘party’ they affiliate with. Enough is enough. Americans; we are being played here. It’s time to cut the cord on these crooks.

  43. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:11 p.m.

    She deserves a parting giftbox filled with some of the aborted fetuses her husband championed.

  44. Bridgette Shealy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:11 p.m.

    Was that put in to get a dem vote?

  45. Neal Avery

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:11 p.m.

    Thanks that it was no more.

  46. Bridgette Shealy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:12 p.m.

    Who was responsible for doing that and WHY DID BOEHNER ALLOW THAT?

    • ewrp

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:17 p.m.

      It’s Senate “custom” and has happened every time a Senator dies in office. It just barely gets reported in the news so people don’t speak out.

  47. Janice DeVito

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:12 p.m.

    That this woman would even think about accepting one dime from the taxpayers is disgusting. She is a multi multi millionaire.

  48. Andrew Arnold

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:12 p.m.

    Focking crooks. I got nothing else to say about it. Crooks.

  49. Americaweeps

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:12 p.m.

    Where the heII do you start with this one? This is wrong on so many levels it’s insane. By some life insurance like the rest of us do!

    BTW I actually looked up his voting record and while I agree with some of his voting, he voted “yea” for obamacare and as such he will not be missed by this voter.

  50. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:13 p.m.

    If I ever gett the chance, I’ll urinate on his grave.

  51. Bridgette Shealy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:13 p.m.

    Hey Mrs. 56 Mii… why dont you donate that to a REAL AMERICAN…a soldier family who’s provider truly was serving the USA when they died?

  52. HMichaelH

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:14 p.m.

    Outrageous! The Ruling Elite should not be stealing from the taxpayers in this manner. I would be more than willing to bet the widow has more than sufficient means to leave a comfortable life without stealing money like this from the taxpayers. I can’t even imagine a logical reason that would justify such a payment. It is truly OUTRAGEOUS!

  53. amabokcuf

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:14 p.m.

    BULLSHIT!!!!

  54. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:15 p.m.

    I curse that demon to the hell he has earned.

  55. Red_Ruffansore

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:15 p.m.

    Must all these irresponsible pigs be sent to the slaughterhouse? Is none born with a functioning brain and a spine?

  56. Rich

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:15 p.m.

    If these bozos want a death benefit, let them buy life ins like the rest of us peasants.

  57. Christopher Gadsden

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:16 p.m.

    He’ll long be known as a filthy piece of garbage by the few who know his deeds.

  58. nostudme1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:16 p.m.

    WTF?

  59. lizsalander

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:16 p.m.

    Outrageous doesn’t even begin to describe this greedy insanity on the part of the spoiled, privileged elites who claim to “serve” us. We have service men and women who aren’t getting what they need to do their jobs, who have grievous injuries and sit in interminable waits at the VA for care, and we are cutting Frank Lautenburg’s wife a check?!!!!!! Are you kidding me! Every day I think I can’t get more disgusted with Washington DC, and every day they accomplish (if nothing else) the task of proving me wrong, as they reach new lows of behavior and sense. Take your Weiners, your bankrupt cities, your Uncle Sam in my doctor’s office with me, your checks to Lautenburg’s wife, and stuff it!

  60. sea ray

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:17 p.m.

    Democrats at it again, Lautenberg is a multi-millionaire this is not right

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:30 p.m.

      It seems the R’s aren’t doing their job either. How could they let this thing slip in? Some compromise between a few late-night congressional staffers? You gotta pass it to read it.

  61. Tradecraft46

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:18 p.m.

    They really don’t need it: he bought the office in the first place: what a carp!

  62. Azlecitizen

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:19 p.m.

    Strange, I was denied the SS, $255.00 death benefit when my Wife died!

  63. miame

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:19 p.m.

    Mrs Lautenberg do the right thing and give it back.

  64. thefifthcolumnreport

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:20 p.m.

    More corruption, more payouts, more stealing from taxpayers.

  65. warmwxrules .

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:20 p.m.

    Gift? Sounds more like theft.

  66. Tangair

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:21 p.m.

    While I’m not surprised, legislation should be enacted to eliminate the insider dealing – of any stripe – that congress enjoys.

  67. Templar8

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:22 p.m.

    The outrages never stop. If there is some perquisite that these poseurs in DC haven’t given themselves it’s only because they haven’t thought of it yet.

  68. miltfarrow

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:22 p.m.

    These scumbags don’t steal enough while they are alive- their fellow Mafioso
    have to take another pound of flesh from the public while cutting food stamps
    Hitler’s Zyglote would be too good for them ~!

  69. Neal Avery

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:25 p.m.

    Thank goodness it si not more.

  70. gimmemymoney

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:26 p.m.

    I’m sorry… but if he is worth $56Million, his family doesn’t need $174K… I’m sure there are other places where the government could better spend that money… One comes to mind… Restart the White House tours again…

  71. Reginald Thornton

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:28 p.m.

    Thinking of all the debt Lautenberg’s voted for, how about the Mrs. kicking back some of that $58.5 million to us?

    • MGBSE

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:30 p.m.

      …END THIS DISGUSTING THEFT OF OUR TAX DOLLARS NOW!

      …MRS 1% DEMOCRAT LAUTENBERG’S DEAD HUSBAND ALREADY STOLE MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR HIMSELF AND HIS WIFE…what was lautenberg’s net worth when first elected?

      …GIVE THE ALREADY APPROVED…!!!!!$174,000.00!!!!…TO THE FORT HOOD & NAVY YARD VICTIMS!!!!

  72. Perilous Liberty

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:30 p.m.

    Just sitting here shaking my head at the galling stupidity of our government.

  73. K9_00BK

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:30 p.m.

    To say congress critters are as corrupt as the Mafia is an insult to the Mafia. Same holds true for the Administration. J. Edger went after the wrong criminals.

  74. drattastic

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:30 p.m.

    I don’t care if you’re a liberal or conservative this should piss you off, can we all agree this is BS ? Just like the numerous laws that are passed that the people are subject to but lawmakers exclude themselves from ie… Obamacare.

  75. Tanker74

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:31 p.m.

    This is the kind of thing that will encourage more of them to die in office … er, huh … never mind. That could be a good thing.

  76. D'

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:31 p.m.

    His damn widow doesn’t need $174,000 of our money…..I can’t believe we allow these ba$tard$…all of them to get away with wasting our money like this….they want to give her a gift…pay for it out of your own damn pocket for once..

  77. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:31 p.m.

    Excuse me? Active duty military pay for their SGLI benefits. Levin should add a new amendment to the list that prevents making a gift of tax payer assets, and that prevents any member of the government being exempted from a law.

  78. rwt

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:32 p.m.

    If the GOP controlled House did not provide the death benefit for a Dem, there would be all hell to pay. That said, it’s only for those that die while in office, not die after retiring. Very normal to have life insurance on ‘employees’ equal to 1 years salary. Same difference. Instead of paying life insurance premiums for ALL members of the House, they simply pay out of the budget upon death.

    • j011254

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:26 p.m.

      These people are all multi-millionaires. Why do they need such life insurance in the first place? They are multi-millionaires! They can afford there own life insurance policies paid for out of the salaries, We the People, pay them.

      • rwt

        Sept. 20, 2013
        10:32 p.m.

        There have been 84 members of congress die in office over the past 40 years. Considering there have been almost 22,000 years of service by members of congress since 1973, that amounts to average expense of approx $450 per member per year. Stop your bichin.

  79. Dywlf

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:33 p.m.

    And you wonder why I refer to politicians as parasites.

  80. George

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:33 p.m.

    This is legalized theft from all taxpayers.

  81. machinist

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:33 p.m.

    go ahead and give it to her. You’ll get YOURS next election

  82. dareisay

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:33 p.m.

    Disgusting!! His wife ought to start a new way to stop this…like give that money back!!

  83. walterc

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:33 p.m.

    How many White House tours could we pay for with $174K?

    Wow, I wonder why we are so far in debt. Boggles the mind doesn’t it? Thieves every one of them. Clean house now. Term limits, two terms, one in office, one in jail.

  84. belleboy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:38 p.m.

    If the Mrs. has any sense of dignity or common sense she should return the money to the Treasury. Failing that she should donate it to the Ted Cruz campaign fund!!!

  85. Luke

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:38 p.m.

    When it’s $174,000 of taxpayer’s money then OF COURSE they don’t think twice about giving it away.
    Currently, the House, the Senate and the President of the United States are the most irresponsible stewards of this nation’s money; giving it away like it grows on trees.
    Ever hear your mom tell you not to nickel and dime your money away?
    A $17 trillion debt is what we get when the government “nickels and dimes” our tax dollars away….$174k at a time.
    Another head-shaking moment.

  86. zahbudda

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:38 p.m.

    He makes a years salary..even though he is dead!…Our “Ruling Class” and their theft of our labor…..Orwell was right…”some animals are more equal than other animals”…

  87. mark g.

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:39 p.m.

    Deep deep corruption. This Empire will fall.

  88. Merlinxx

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:44 p.m.

    A democrat gets 174,000 dollars? Gratuity? Like in a waitress’s tip? Fire Frank R. Lautenberg and make him pay it back!!

  89. Pat Kinghorn

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:44 p.m.

    Way to go a-holes

  90. Muymenso

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:46 p.m.

    Don’t get too excited folks, this is just another example of “Congressional Exceptionalism”.

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:49 p.m.

      Putin would agree with that. We can’t afford “American Exceptionalism” anymore.

  91. 1uncle

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:47 p.m.

    NO more death gratuity AND NO more bonus’s to public employees. Stop all unnecessary spending wastes. Pay off the debt, not keep creating more. Eliminate career politicians. Limit to eight years in office.

  92. Kaos Krumpy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:48 p.m.

    Guess they figured out how to vote themselves everything! and they will.

  93. RobL_v2

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:49 p.m.

    A nation that taxes the middle class to pay the rich to buy off the poor to increase taxes upon the middle class cannot be a nation for long.

  94. ChuckNoland

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:50 p.m.

    We are ruled by vile disgusting tyrants.

  95. Flayer

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:51 p.m.

    Either there is a death benefit or there isn’t. It should not be means tested. Senators should have the option to purchase life insurance, like the rest of us. Some companies provide a policy with the option of the employee to increase the benefit. Perhaps Mrs. L would instead offer the money to charity or to open the WH for school tours.

  96. Chicken Sock Puppet

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:51 p.m.

    “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
    ― James Madison

  97. Doug Clanton

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:51 p.m.

    I agree, a death gratuity is unnecessary in this day and age. In this day and age, no Congressman or Senator is teetering on the edge of financial hardship and their spouses should be taken care of by the careful planning of life insurance paid for by the family. This action contributes nothing to the common good of the people of our nation. And don’t get me started with your whining about the food stamp cuts. No one with a real financial need, especially families with kids, are going to have their food stamps cut. But people like the lady in front of me at the grocery store last week that paid for a half basket full of food with foodstamps and then paid for three $40 bottles of Italian wine, ought to be off the public dole. And she ought to be ashamed of herself, but that’s probably hoping for too much.

  98. Guest

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:53 p.m.

    The question should be, Who wrote it in the CR? Who has the gall to think they are entiltled to spend the Country’s money in this fashion?

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      4:56 p.m.

      Yeah, duh? Read my comment below. How in the hell was this included in this House CR?

  99. Dave LaSorte

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:54 p.m.

    Lautenberg was a scumbag. His widow should be writing a check to the treasury to repay some of what he stole from us in five crooked terms as a senator…

  100. The_American_Way

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:54 p.m.

    If the Obama administration were on the up and up they would be attacking fraud, waste, corruption, duplicity, and inefficiencies that are replete in the government. But alas, this would require work so it never happens.

    The crooks we have in Congress and the White House are worse than any mafia. They should all be marched straight to jail.

  101. enos33

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:56 p.m.

    Don’t worry, she’ll vote in the next election – multiple times.

  102. John Cleary

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:56 p.m.

    Buy insurance you lowlife congressmen

  103. ExcessEnergy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:57 p.m.

    This is outrageous! Whoever put that provision into the bill should be taken out onto the Mall and horsewhipped!

  104. encierro

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:58 p.m.

    This is the government “we the people” vote for. As Forrest Gump says, “stupid is as stupid does.”

  105. skoch

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:59 p.m.

    And the Constitution and the entire United States of America…remember the apology tour?

  106. Sal befor

    Sept. 20, 2013
    4:59 p.m.

    Ain’t it odd, that you will only read this here? Why isn’t this on the frontpage of every newspaper in the country?

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:06 p.m.

      ‘Cause there’s no media bias.

  107. Drewbster

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5 p.m.

    FU a$$holes, time to clean house and start all over.

  108. labillyboy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5 p.m.

    Do we really need any MORE evidence that these people are not serving the people? They spend OUR money to get themselves re-elected. Protect themselves and their bloated staffs from Obamacare. Pass out loans that never get paid back to their political backers (Solyndra, et. al.), reward those who choose to enter our nation illegally, ignore unsustainable debt, ignore our military and borders (one of the few things they are supposed to do), stick their noses into local matters like education, transportation and the environment…. on and on and on….

  109. Cromulent

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5 p.m.

    Cut the death gratuity AND food stamps.

  110. Bill Francis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5 p.m.

    Another reason to drop a bomb on DC and start over

  111. Notch Johnson

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:01 p.m.

    off with their heads!!!!!

  112. Sal befor

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:01 p.m.

    Welcome to Obamas Amerika…freee freeee freeeeee

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:04 p.m.

      Free to everyone but you and me.

  113. jeanie6

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:01 p.m.

    Terribly, awfully tired of Legislators funding perks for themselves and their staffs from the taxpayer pocket. No to death benefits and no to OCare subsidies. These folks make enough to pay for their own stuff as the rest of us must.

  114. Dean Walsh

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:01 p.m.

    Thank goodness for the sequester. Oh…wait.

  115. stever777

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:03 p.m.

    We had better throw these bums out. I’d say most of these inside the beltway empty suits need to get gone!

  116. ontoiran

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:05 p.m.

    GET THE ROPE! GET THE PITCHFORKS! FIRE UP THE TORCHES! i don’t think any one of their guards would try to stop it. you could not pay me enough money to take a bullet for any of these subhuman scum.

  117. jcd0101

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:05 p.m.

    wait a second.. I cant even get life insurance..
    Most americans never make over 100 k salary in their life
    But giving 174 grand – when they have 56 million!!!
    So here is my NEW DEAL to all the rich politicians and lobbyists
    You give the tax payers 56 million and we will give you the 175 grand..
    DEAL?

  118. Time To Hesitate Is Through

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:07 p.m.

    More Jews ripping off Amerika.

    It’s bad enough he came up with the Judeo-Bolshevik “Lautenberg Act”, an un-Constitutional law that goes against the very foundation of the Second Amendment.

    Losing Constitutional rights over a misdemeanor, i.e. old French for minor “mis-deed”.

  119. Artcraft Printing

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:07 p.m.

    Must be nice to be a part of the royal class.

  120. caldoc

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:08 p.m.

    This kind of smuck legislation makes me angry. Who the heck is watching the government for the people?

  121. Nobel Sweepstakes Winner

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:08 p.m.

    Lautenberg was himself a thief

    • JasonL77

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:20 p.m.

      Even posthumously.

  122. jcarob

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:09 p.m.

    So who added the death gratuity to the bill? Our ace reporters left that out but were quick to mention House Republicans in the opening sentence, while making an oblique reference to another Republican provision to excise some funds from the highly abused food stamps program.

  123. gemiinii

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:11 p.m.

    Impossible. My friend told me only poor people take free stuff.

  124. Pat

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:12 p.m.

    No “means testing” for liberals!

  125. fred1724

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:12 p.m.

    Why are they throwing money at a multimillionaire? Because they can!Just like they throw OUR money anywhere else they damn well please. And they get reelected and reelected.

  126. VHG1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:13 p.m.

    The guy’s worth millions and his wife still wants a govt handout! Those democrats love something for nothing

  127. VHG1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:15 p.m.

    No one cut Food Stamps to children! Able bodied single adults got the cut! These liberals need to grow up and realize there are people in this country who can read!

  128. garion60

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:15 p.m.

    MOLON LABE!!! If the day ends in a “y”, then it’s officially ‘D.C. Trash Day’. Let’s take ‘em all out to the curb!

  129. Thomas

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:20 p.m.

    Why is she too important to live off of his insurance or death benefits of social security that us commoners have to use? This is bs, why is it that elected officials think they are better thran us common folks? Time to draw the line and if that means blood, so be it.

  130. j011254

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:20 p.m.

    Every one should write their Congressman on this outrage. Why should the American taxpayer be forced to pay anything to super rich widows of Senators? Is there any question as to why these elites should remain in office.

  131. Marlene Hessler

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:24 p.m.

    That handout is one that is unconscionable and insults the integrity of all taxpaying citizens. And, it is unaffordable.

  132. Woody_UMO_82

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:26 p.m.

    Not one red cent!

    • Ricardo Queso

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:32 p.m.

      If it goes to a Dem, then by definition it becomes a “red” cent. Leftist dung-munchers.

  133. dhd8546

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:27 p.m.

    This is why Congress has such low ratings. Both sides keep sticking it to the taxpayers. If I am not mistaken, this good senator is already quite wealthy. Maybe this explains why he is wealthy.

  134. BlackR1RX7

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:29 p.m.

    ABSOLUTELY NOT! Have you lost your mind(s)?! We are in a financial CRISIS which could, if not corrected, PERMANENTLY wreck this Country and we’re going to “Gift” a widow of a MILLIONAIRE nearly $200K? Remove it, and apologize to the American people for your incoherent stupidity.

  135. ObiterDictum00

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:29 p.m.

    Pigs feeding at the taxpayer’s trough, again!

  136. Ricardo Queso

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:30 p.m.

    “death gratuity”? Are they freekin kidding????? Is there no depth to which these criminally corrupt sacks of rat waste will not stoop to rip off the taxpayers and line their pockets?

    • JasonL77

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:19 p.m.

      The evil scum in Congress have found a method to posthumously rape us taxpayers!

  137. mauloa

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:32 p.m.

    The American people are constantly “raped” by their own elected representatives. When Congress was created in the beginning, they were a group of individuals who only came to Washington to do business. Over the years constant “perks and gratuities” are bestowed upon themselves. These elect officials are just that, and only that – they do not warrant paid trips all over the world, special healthcare, huge retirement benefits and now widows gratuity. The rest of us struggle to just put food on the table. It has to stop and we need to find a way. Who can start the ball rolling? (Just electing new people won’t do it, these things are already in place.)

  138. bridget

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:32 p.m.

    They live in a secret world in DC, throwing our hard earned money out the window. To paraphrase the first Lady, I have never been so ashamed to be and American.

  139. Harvey817

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:34 p.m.

    This sholuld be a criminal offense. How in the HELL can they do this legally?

  140. chronovisor

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:34 p.m.

    did i EVEN need to guess the party of which this parasite belonged to? nope D as in DEMONrat!

  141. Difster

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:35 p.m.

    Just more proof that the government is not OF THE PEOPLE OR FOR THE PEOPLE.

  142. Major Kalhoun

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:36 p.m.

    It is the ruling elite who deserve all the perks and we as the servants must pony up our share of the costs to keep them in the comfort and security they are accustomed to. It is, after all, our duty as citizens.

    • Dickel Diet

      Sept. 20, 2013
      5:48 p.m.

      Raise taxes on the serfs. Soon the Lords will confiscate our property.

      • Major Kalhoun

        Sept. 20, 2013
        6:07 p.m.

        It is the 1700’s all over again. The wealthy elite once again are reminding us peasants to know our place or face harsh punishments. Just waiting for the mass public executions of the resisters to start. Good times.

  143. Northohio

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:37 p.m.

    But yet a rich private citizen is told he has more than his fair share and the govt wants it.

  144. 4902950E9

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:38 p.m.

    It may have changed, but when I was in the Navy, the death payment was only $10,000.00, which is a far cry from $174,000.00. I guess Senators are worth

    a lot more than the life of a military person who died service their country.

  145. Jazzman47

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:39 p.m.

    The question that requires an answer is which Senator or Congressman inserted this provision into the bill? The outright gall to provide this payment to the wife of a multi millionaire

  146. Discanon

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:40 p.m.

    This is about as crooked and arrogant as an elected body can get.
    Stealing tax payers’ money for perks they don’t deserve. Have these crooks no shame? No conscience?

  147. pnordman

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:47 p.m.

    It isn’t often anymore that my political hackles spring up (too much craziness going on) but this did it! Why the **** should the taxpayer be burdened with this? Where and when does the insanity stop?!

    • JasonL77

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:14 p.m.

      It stops after the second American Revolution which I have no doubt will never take place!

  148. bjpun

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:49 p.m.

    Is there any question anymore that our government is corrupt?

    I mean how can you rationalize a $175k gift to a senator that is worth millions for dying?

    Really?

    • mrsharfer

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:23 p.m.

      And odds are she wouldn’t notice one way or another.

  149. Luci Widnesor

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:49 p.m.

    We die and our survivors are stuck with a death tax. They die and their survivors get a “death gratuity”. Nice work when you can get it.

  150. Stephanie Payne

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:51 p.m.

    Figures it’s to a Democrat!

    • JasonL77

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:13 p.m.

      I am no fan of Democrats but this “gift” would be extracted from us taxpayers and handed over to the widow/widower regardless of party affiliation. I don’t recall Republican beneficiaries of this theft refusing it or giving it back.

  151. hadenuf

    Sept. 20, 2013
    5:57 p.m.

    Ridiculous! Who is going to help John Q. Citizen pay for their spouses’ well being? I’m sick and tired of getting the short end of the stick. Let her pay for her own expenses. Bet he had life insurance as well as being a multimillionaire! We have some nervy, entitled congresspeople.

  152. Just another Worker Ant

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:01 p.m.

    Like that ages old saying goes……” The RICH get Richer and the POOR get Poorer “. WHY DOES THIS SHEEET CONTINUE UNABATED ???

  153. JasonL77

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:04 p.m.

    WTF? Why in the world do us taxpayers have to foot the bill for this? Not only should this practice be eliminated permanently but we should demand that any deceased Senator’s estate who has been paid out this money refund it in full to us taxpayers! This is outrageous!

  154. John Seymore

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:04 p.m.

    like that jew needs the money…..js

  155. olee1947

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:05 p.m.

    AND we get $244 death benefit from SS

  156. Cogito

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:05 p.m.

    And I get $255 from the Social Security Administration.
    Lawmakers sure know how to write laws that take care of themselves, and I have to pick up the tab.

  157. scott young

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:06 p.m.

    Let this democRat’s wife pay for the expenses herself. and then NAME the scumbag that inserted this into the bill. I want to put in a call and let them know how I feel.

  158. IHadADreamAndTheyKilledIt

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:10 p.m.

    This is an absolute disgrace

  159. TrayvonDaPunk

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:11 p.m.

    NO MONEY to MILLIONAIRES

  160. Paul Ricci

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:14 p.m.

    I guess they have never heard the Davy Crockett story

  161. ducktip

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:15 p.m.

    Dumb mother f○○○kers…..senile. …out of touch….idiots. ….

  162. indejavulandyoueatleftovers

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:16 p.m.

    Let them eat cake.

  163. Paul Ricci

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:16 p.m.

    READ “NOT YOURS TO GIVE” the davy crockettstory

  164. Pardonme

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:17 p.m.

    How is she any different than any other widow? I guess in the fact that she is already ultra wealthy and a part of the political class. No she should not receive another penny of the tax payers money, period.

  165. dman001948

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:17 p.m.

    Now that pure bull crap and I’m a Rup…

  166. mrsharfer

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:19 p.m.

    Screw her! Give her an EBT card and send her on her way.

  167. hilLUVShuma

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:19 p.m.

    THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. The widow got millions and you are stealing from the taxpayers. Who do we hang for this !!! I’m beyond pissed off. I want heads. You bastards already stole our damn Social Security. DAMNN CRIMINALS !!! YOU SOBs

  168. GSU__1987

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:20 p.m.

    F that libtard and his old bag!!!

  169. hilLUVShuma

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:21 p.m.

    They need Term Limits, not damnn death benefits. This is what happens when the criminals are in charge with no accountability. They should be Ashamed !!

    • Dmacwired

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:14 p.m.

      I was thinking of $15 might buy 20 feet of 1 inch diameter hemp rope.

  170. gobnait

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:22 p.m.

    I learned today that my soldier nephew, who dreamed his entire life of a lifelong career in the military, has decided to get out when his enlistment is up. He will shortly return from Afghanistan where he said food and ammunition were in short supply under Obama! The way our active-serving soldiers and sailors are being treated is deplorable!

  171. Adam Smith

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:23 p.m.

    It is time to term limit most of this trash. 1 6yr term for president; 2 terms for senate and a three term limit for house seats. Make federal judges run for office since the judiciary is now making laws by decree. Severly limit campaign cash limits. Our democracy has been hijacked these clowns.

  172. Trudycatsmom

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:23 p.m.

    A service member is not simply given SGLI for free. Premiums must be paid. And the $100,000 death gratuity is included in SGLI. Congressional members were not paying into some sort of life insurance policy. It is simply a windfall for them.

    • Joanne Schrock

      Sept. 20, 2013
      10:47 p.m.

      This is just wrong! Service people should receive life insurance for free during their service.
      Joanne

      • dmcrane

        Sept. 20, 2013
        11:46 p.m.

        Totally agree!

      • Layla

        Sept. 27, 2013
        2:01 p.m.

        Nothing is free in the military and many are forced to be on food stamps, live in sub standard housing.

  173. formerice

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:26 p.m.

    The Mafia could learn a lot from these parasites.

    • Dmacwired

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:13 p.m.

      That could be true but more than likely a lot of them were either mafia before getting elected or inducted into the business afterwards.
      Organized crime is one of the largest off the record lobbyist knocking on Congress’s door.

  174. Layla

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:28 p.m.

    Congress has become THIEVES with the People’s money. We can’t even afford Obamacare, they continue to feather the nests of millionaires.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  175. Dave

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:29 p.m.

    We’re not even being treated as spectators anymore. We’re nothing more than cockroaches to these politicians. Their arrogance is a disease and we need to stop it!!!!

  176. lessthantolerant

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:30 p.m.

    These bastards have been raiding the tax coffers long enough. When can we start hanging them?

  177. Americaweeps

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:30 p.m.

    This is a perfect example of why I say a bill, in this case a resolution, must not have any riders, no add ons what so ever. After the congress and senate tack on all their personal B/S you crƋp like this tucked away that no one is aware of unless they read it line by line. Think how much money would be saved without all the pork.

  178. RightWingLeftyGolfer

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:31 p.m.

    Guess this scum bucket was not smart enough to take out life insurance so his fellow scum buckets must feel sorry for his wife.

  179. FlyntLoc

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:32 p.m.

    These are politicians, and the reality is that whether they have an R or a D behind their name on the ballot, despite all their patriotic rhetoric, no matter how much they claim to want to help the “little guy”, they all have this in common……. they are all corrupt and could care less about what you think once they have enough votes to stay in office and continue fattening their portfolio at the “little guy’s” expense.

  180. Layla

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:33 p.m.

    It is long past time for a Constitutional Convention to remove these pigs from office. Enough is enough. TERM LIMITS, shop your insurance benefits just like every other American. Take a 20% PAY CUT.

  181. mctalks

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:34 p.m.

    Dear Congress, if you want some late Democrat’s widow to to have 174 grand then take a collection amongst yourselves but you have NO RIGHT to give away OUR money. There are plenty of much more deserving widow(er)s than the wife of some rich Democrats wife.

  182. arlngkent

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:35 p.m.

    Okay, this is how it should be done. The Congress does for a millionaire the same thing it does for others and it shows the family the respect they seek. They then donate it to a widely regarded charity. Either that or offer it and have the family request it be applied to the debt (revenue neutral). The fact is whatever money he had, he worked for years in gov’t service. He’s among my LEAST favorite Senators based on the vast chasm in our viewpoints, but why are we arguing for some minor issue when the entire gov’t is a mess?

    Please spare me remarks about $174K being a lot. This is a debate on the principle as the money is a fly fart when assessed at the federal budget level. It is a lot of $$$ to me.

  183. ross mcglockness

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:35 p.m.

    FK U mrs. lautenberg and FU to every member of congress who has been in office more than 10 years.

  184. Roy Ellis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:36 p.m.

    not just no but hell no……he was worth over $58 MILLION

  185. Americaweeps

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:37 p.m.

    $174,000 to drop dead? Now that’s a bargain! Wouldn’t be nice if the rest of them followed suit?

    • David Johnson

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:31 p.m.

      Even at those prices it would save us a lot of money.

  186. Leigh Rich

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:37 p.m.

    When my dad passes i got nothing from the US Government… just bills…

    • Leigh Rich

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:39 p.m.

      Hw was a WW2 CB who landed in North Africa…thanr all…,,,,

  187. buster

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:39 p.m.

    What a waste of taxpayers money. Just think how many bigggg-buttttts could be returned with those bucks.

  188. William

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:40 p.m.

    Easy to be generous with other people’s money.
    They should just pass the hat like us working stiffs do…

  189. guymacher

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:48 p.m.

    Once your snout is in the public trough, even death doesn’t kill your avarice.

  190. larrymckinney

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:48 p.m.

    Don’t they make and steal enough money to purchase their own Life Insurance?

  191. Sharon Mason

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:48 p.m.

    Didn’t Obama sequester money for the Senators deceased wife??? Come on what the heck is happening in this country?

  192. Clover11111

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:50 p.m.

    If she had grace, she’d not ask for it but at the time that was first thought of, you didn’t have millionaires wanting to buy their place in government either.

    • arlngkent

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:07 p.m.

      Absolutely no comment in the story about her asking of even being aware of what has been done for a 100 years. If she did know 99% chance refuse it or immediately donate it to charity.

      • Clover11111

        Sept. 20, 2013
        9:33 p.m.

        And your point is?

  193. Laurie Davis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:51 p.m.

    Just a little perk…….who the hell knew.

  194. Captain Reynault

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:51 p.m.

    I’ve never used this acronym in any of my comments but this demands it:
    WTF?

  195. name865name

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:53 p.m.

    How about doing something for FortHood Terror Victims families….This LongTimeSenator’sWifeIsSureToHaveHisFiefdomCashStuffedInTheFreezerFrom
    Lautenburg Being In DC so long.

    • Travis McGee

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:46 p.m.

      or how about some of the 19 firefighter widows that will get nothing ..

      • name865name

        Sept. 21, 2013
        4:02 a.m.

        so true. Shame her and demand SHE give the money to firefighters.

  196. Claudia Chuba

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:54 p.m.

    What I ask myself is how these “public servants” always manage to accumulate a worth of $40-50M while in office, even if they had nothing to begin with. There’s the rest of the story.

    • Carolann313

      Sept. 20, 2013
      6:54 p.m.

      Lined pockets.

    • arlngkent

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:03 p.m.

      So I guess you want to look like a dumb f**k. The guy was on the ground floor of ADP and rose to be the CEO before he got into politics. His money was made long before he was a Senator.

    • Carolyn Cancilla Yellis

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:09 p.m.

      Claudia, That was a rheroical question right? You kow how they got they rich…. They sell us down the river.

    • David Johnson

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:29 p.m.

      You will not have to pick put a soft spot to land when you faint because she will not only accept the payout she has so much money she won’t even know she received this “pittance” of $174,000.

  197. tkrammer82

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:54 p.m.

    Gotta pass it to find out whats in it…Right? WTF is going on up there? The guys worth almost 60 mega large and we send his old lady a 174 dollar bump? OMG…

  198. Carolann313

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:56 p.m.

    I think we are all going to suffer heart attacks if we keep hearing cr ap like this and nothing being done about it. We’re just posting our comments, but they don’t mean anything…they just go down the drain. What can be done about it is my question?

    • David Johnson

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:12 p.m.

      That is a very good question. I’ve sent emails to literally every single congressman and senator and their aids in both parties. I received 3 answers, I republican and 2 democrats. None of the 3 answers had anything to do with what I wrote.

      • TMAC

        Sept. 20, 2013
        7:22 p.m.

        Not at all surprising.

      • Carolann313

        Sept. 21, 2013
        10:11 a.m.

        Guess we need to wait till all those bozos are out of office, including the one in our White House, and maybe things will look up. It is frustrating when the politicians we pay don’t answer questions, they are all phony.

        • David Johnson

          Sept. 21, 2013
          12:12 p.m.

          Oh Carolann, they are not really phonies they are just there to steal all they can while they can. And they all lie to get the job, hmmmm . . . . . . . I guess you’re right, they ARE phony.

        • David Johnson

          Sept. 22, 2013
          12:07 p.m.

          I don’t know if phony is the word I would use but then you are probably just being nice something they don’t deserve.

          • Carolann313

            Sept. 22, 2013
            1:29 p.m.

            So true!

  199. Tommy Hancock

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:58 p.m.

    Awful, just awful people those politicians are.

  200. Deserttrek

    Sept. 20, 2013
    6:59 p.m.

    “F” every member of either party who voted for that. no better than child abusers, all of them

  201. ObserverMI

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:06 p.m.

    Which Representative will go to the floor with some ‘Common Sense’ and ask for this provision to be struck? Huh….?

    Which has the common sense to vote with it?
    Disgusting, Wasteful.

  202. Dmacwired

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:06 p.m.

    Over $174,000 for Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg wife?
    What! You mean the old f()art didn’t steal enough from the Tax payers while he was alive and now we have to cough up another $174K plus to help wipe away tears?
    I’m thinking a 20 yard truck load of Unsympathetic cards are in order for the grieving widow and another 20 yards for the do ()osh bags who just stole our money to give it to Frank’s wealthy wife.

  203. donttreadonme_2013

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:07 p.m.

    The corruption continues!!!

  204. David Johnson

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:07 p.m.

    How can these criminals in Washington get any worse? Throwing OUR money at millionaires. They are sickening, both parties. It is time to get rid of all of them and start over. I’ll bet there isn’t a dozen good men in our government anymore.

  205. omega2

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:08 p.m.

    THIS IS TOTALLY OUTRAGOUS! With all the perks these BALONEY BENDERS GET WHILE IN OFFICE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR ANY HOG AT THE TROUGH! AS IF SHE REALLY WOULD BE LIVING IN POVERTY WITHOUT A LARGE LAGRESS FROM A DEFUNCT SENATE! TERABLE WHAT THESE INEPT NUT JOBS VOTE FOR THEMSELVES TELLING THE REST OF THE FOLKS TOUGH!

  206. encierro

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:08 p.m.

    Wouldn’t the 99ers who voted for Obama and Democrats love to have some of this money

  207. FaceliftMask

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:09 p.m.

    It’s bad enough the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer under Obama. Now even the dead rich are getting richer.

  208. encierro

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:12 p.m.

    Politicians in Washington go along with this because they expect the same.

  209. reagan2012

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:12 p.m.

    Print up another roll of $100’s Ben! We’ve got poor widows to support.

  210. C. Adkins

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:13 p.m.

    we pay for their healthcare too.

  211. Pearl

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:14 p.m.

    If this woman has any class she will refuse the gift.

    • Richard Tater

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:06 p.m.

      I can’t quit laughing….

  212. mrvicchio

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:15 p.m.

    “cut foodstamps to children” – REALLY?

    ” Cantor laid out a plan to apply the principles of welfare reform to programs such as food stamps and housing.

    “Requiring able-bodied food stamp recipients to work or be in job training has an 89% approval. Work requirements for welfare programs generally has a 93% approval,””

  213. Mike Hambuchen

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:15 p.m.

    Did the tea party members know about this? When we had both houses under Bush, they spent like democrats. Not to be outdone, the democrats took over and spent like democrats on steroids. The waste has to stop everywhere, and especially in government. How about starting by revoking the government employees exclusion from obamacare? Anyone who quits should not be replaced.

  214. Nellie Baxter

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:16 p.m.

    If you voted for him, you own it.

    • encierro

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:39 p.m.

      If voted Democrat you own it; if you vote repeatedly to put the same people in office you own it.

  215. Jonney Hulk

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:17 p.m.

    When we die, our families get hit with a “Death Tax”
    WTF. This has got to end!

    • Pearl

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:23 p.m.

      But if it ends they will not be able to afford lavish vacations, money to throw at Democrat breeding plantations, face lifts, hair plugs, live world class entertainment, private jets, yachts, mansions, custom clothing, 500 dollar hair cuts, expensive mistresses, private school for the kids, and get out of jail free cards. End? No, they will tax us to death first.

      • Richard Tater

        Sept. 20, 2013
        8:05 p.m.

        Don’t forget flying to the Dominican Republic to bonk 14 year old girls.

  216. SoCalJeanne

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:19 p.m.

    They must be freaking kidding us—this is revolting!

  217. Ez03

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:21 p.m.

    Holy crap that IS appalling when you put it like that. It is astonishing that we are responsible for putting these people in office. I see no way out of this short of a miracle.

  218. KentM

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:21 p.m.

    And they denied payments to the Ft Hood victims what crock of bull pucky

    • WhiteBluecollarRedneck

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:45 p.m.

      But Hassan kept getting his pay because of a “little known rule” too.

  219. Karl Spencer

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:22 p.m.

    Definition of corruption=Washington D.C.

  220. RacialVictim

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:25 p.m.

    just let me know when the mob march on DC is, are we suppose to bring anything?

  221. sam256

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:26 p.m.

    I did not like the man when he was alive (anti-gun among other things) so with all their money that his family has they certainly do not deserve another $174,000 “chump change” because he died.

  222. JCJ Bike

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:28 p.m.

    This needs to go from “little known” to “well known.” I have to believe that his wife (having $50+ million in net worth) would see the value in sending that money back to Washington. However, if no one finds out about it, it will never happen.

    • Phil Dych

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:12 p.m.

      I posted a link to my FB page…hope all of you do, too!

  223. Insure Guy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:28 p.m.

    This makes me question, what other perks are being paid without our knowledge or permission. No wonder congress’s opinion polls are so done. Crooks all.

  224. Wild Bill

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:28 p.m.

    It’s easy to give away other people’s money…and you still feel good about it too!

  225. poorhardworker

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:30 p.m.

    I was almost starting to like some of your again…and then you go and do this??? WHAT ON EARTH WERE YOU THINKING??? Maybe you thought we would not read the bill??? JERKS!!! Start earning your pay…and try to earn back a modicum of respect!!!

  226. dixhandley

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:33 p.m.

    Leave it to satan’s favorite legislators, the demoncrats!

  227. Barry Bin Inhalin

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:35 p.m.

    Eff that.

    Question to all of the little people and armpit hair braiders: how did this hero of the Left accumulate $57mm? I guess watching out for the unwashed paid pretty well….

  228. tickyul

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:37 p.m.

    Totally corrupt and a failure of a country.
    Some clue me in as to what metrics of the USA contribute to it being THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD…..LMFAO!

  229. Haeshu

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:37 p.m.

    How much more of this crap to we take? Isn’t it about time we take all of our government buildings and institutions and turn them into museums used to teach our children what happens when you don’t pay attention to those who are taking your money through taxes and are supposed to be working for you?

  230. larrybudwiser

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:43 p.m.

    This is appalling, Lautenberg had more money than God, have these people lost their mind when the Country is crashing into a black abbesses?

  231. elizabethrc

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:44 p.m.

    Do these morons realize how super rich Lautenberg was? His wife deserves not a dime.

  232. Dr.A

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:46 p.m.

    This is soooo typical of liberals! Pelosi can’t speak the truth if it were on a teleprompter. Same for Obozo and Biff-Biden…

  233. Joseph

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:47 p.m.

    And I couldn’t get $258.00 from social security to help bury my deceased brother, an ex Marine who served in Korea and beyond. CRIMINAL, gifting our money to families of dead (beat) politicians.

    • Dr.A

      Sept. 20, 2013
      7:50 p.m.

      And they probably gave the Benghazi dead heros spit….. (which is what these libs deserve!)

  234. Sigint

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:49 p.m.

    This is crazy, if he wanted money for his wife, he could have purchased the low
    Cost FEGLI life insurance where he ccould get 2X his annual salary payout for amfewmbucks. This practie must be stopped, NOW. Even soldiers killed in combat don’t get that, just the life insurance payout.

  235. teacookies

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:55 p.m.

    You can ask why they are throwing this money away but what are you going to do about it? God, as if these jerks don’t get enough perks as it is! And to you Mrs. Lutenberg (a democrat of course) how dare you take that money. All I know to do is write my Congressman and try to put a bug in his ear to stop this crap.

  236. John K.

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:56 p.m.

    Crooks- all of them! Vote them all out of office next year or they will become ever more brazen in raping the American taxpayer!

  237. WhiteBluecollarRedneck

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:57 p.m.

    Congressional widows get “the death gratuity”, the rest of US get “the death tax.” They get the gold mine, We get the shaft. They should not be allowed to make rules, perks or laws concerning themselves without overview from US.

  238. John K.

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:58 p.m.

    The very idea that Congress has to pay off a widow of a member of Congress is obscene! They get good salaries and perks- let them do like any one else and save their money, invest in insurance and plan ahead. Bastards!

  239. flyover

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:58 p.m.

    NO.

  240. John K.

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:58 p.m.

    If the Congress is so damned sorry for Ms Lautenberg then send her a Sympathy card and chip in to buy her some roses.

  241. Jack76

    Sept. 20, 2013
    7:59 p.m.

    If she actually needed the money it would be different, but this is ridiculous.

  242. laker12

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8 p.m.

    I guess if the millionaires are Democratic Congressman they are entitled to a few more freebies at our expense. Another sign of a totally corrupted political class and system.

  243. StageCoachDriver

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8 p.m.

    Hey, this is BS, plain and simple! Just buy insurance policies for your people, payable to their families like for profit businesses do and STOP WASTING OUR MONEY THIS WAY!

    Have any of you had a job other than being on the public’s payroll? Have any of you worked where your salary was based on ROI?

    We’re Taxed Enough Already (TEA) paying for your perks.

  244. Rhinobuster

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:01 p.m.

    Term limits in DC and sperm limits in the hood!

  245. Greg W

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:01 p.m.

    I guess senators aren’t covered under dead peasants insurance.

  246. Tom Luker

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:01 p.m.

    The CR used the work “gift” — if it’s a “real” gift, then it’s not taxable. Shouldn’t it be considered an extension of employment, and thus taxable? Of course not, that’s what lawyers are for!

  247. Twoiron

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:03 p.m.

    So that makes the score —

    Lib Ruling Class: 31,977
    The People: 2

    In Little League baseball, at least they have a mercy rule. Not so in the bowels of the federal government…we give, they take. The more we give, the more they take. Is that clear?

  248. Dencal26

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:03 p.m.

    Most large companies offer one years salary worth of life insurance. But his widow should reject it or donate it since she is so wealthy

  249. rjm2238

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:11 p.m.

    I feel the outrage too. Question is; what are we going to Do about it? It doesn’t matter what we SAY about it if those responsible for this type of nonsense believe there is nothing we will DO.

    I am open for suggestions and I will offer one right now; we need to immediately a leader who speaks for the people; not to the people.

    Rich in New Mexico.

  250. SamIamtwo

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:12 p.m.

    She doesn’t need money. These CRs are full of fraud waste and abuse. And it has been going on for over 5 years. Obama has never settled on a budget. He claims he is willing to reach across the isle to work with the other party but has not.

    Talks a good talk but drives a mean wedge.

  251. Ads

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:12 p.m.

    This is bullshit. The type of bullshit that liberal pissants promulgate.

  252. bobclaville

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:13 p.m.

    Everyone stop complaining about Politicians. YOU VOTED THEM INTO OFFICE. If you didn’t, maybe this should tell you WHO, and WHAT Politicians are really IN OFFICE for…as in, perpetually being treated by WE THE PEOPLE.

  253. MyRoseHasTHORNS

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:14 p.m.

    ONLY $250- Death Benefit for We The People- and that’s only a possibility…FIRST we must fill out and submit many privacy invading forms to SSA who will then take months to review and see if we are eligible for this emergency one time benefit.

  254. 4lifeandfreedom

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:14 p.m.

    This is not right. Where is the death benefit for each taxpayer’s spouse and family?

  255. Oldphartbsa

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:14 p.m.

    I’d chip in $5 to take out Fienstein.

  256. dooky

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:17 p.m.

    Corruption is soooo easy when you are in judge and jury over other peoples money.
    Rules for Congress need to be rewritten immediately, if not sooner.

  257. RecoveringLiberal

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:17 p.m.

    Haven’t you heard? Obama thinks We The People are his personal ATM.

    • Pearl

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:26 p.m.

      Yes, he thinks whatever the people own belongs to him because “we didn’t build it” The government did.

      Well, it was our Fathers, Mothers, Grandfathers, Grandmothers who worked and paid the taxes that built these roads, bridges and our dazzling skylines, it surely wasn’t Obama’s father. A lot of nerve he has thinking he can relate to an American on any level.

  258. unFrakingReal

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:24 p.m.

    wow.

  259. Computer_Expert

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:24 p.m.

    I suggest that this be required reading of the story for every representative and senator.

    Not Yours to Give

    One day in the House of Representatives, a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose:

    “Mr. Speaker–I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.

    Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”

    He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.

    Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation:

    “Several years ago I was one evening standing on the steps of the Capitol with some other members of Congress, when our attention was attracted by a great light over in Georgetown . It was evidently a large fire. We jumped into a hack and drove over as fast as we could. In spite of all that could be done, many houses were burned and many families made homeless, and, besides, some of them had lost all but the clothes they had on. The weather was very cold, and when I saw so many women and children suffering, I felt that something ought to be done for them. The next morning a bill was introduced appropriating $20,000 for their relief. We put aside all other business and rushed it through as soon as it could be done.

    “The next summer, when it began to be time to think about the election, I concluded I would take a scout around among the boys of my district. I had no opposition there, but, as the election was some time off, I did not know what might turn up. When riding one day in a part of my district in which I was more of a stranger than any other, I saw a man in a field plowing and coming toward the road. I gauged my gait so that we should meet as he came to the fence. As he came up, I spoke to the man. He replied politely, but, as I thought, rather coldly.

    “I began: ‘Well, friend, I am one of those unfortunate beings called candidates, and–’

    “‘Yes, I know you; you are Colonel Crockett, I have seen you once before, and voted for you the last time you were elected. I suppose you are out electioneering now, but you had better not waste your time or mine. I shall not vote for you again.’

    “This was a sockdolager . . . I begged him to tell me what was the matter.
    “‘Well, Colonel, it is hardly worth-while to waste time or words upon it. I do not see how it can be mended, but you gave a vote last winter which shows that either you have not capacity to understand the Constitution, or that you are wanting in the honesty and firmness to be guided by it. In either case you are not the man to represent me. But I beg your pardon for expressing it in that way. I did not intend to avail myself of the privilege of the constituent to speak plainly to a candidate for the purpose of insulting or wounding you. I intend by it only to say that your understanding of the Constitution is very different from mine; and I will say to you what, but for my rudeness, I should not have said, that I believe you to be honest. . . . But an understanding of the Constitution different from mine I cannot overlook, because the Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions. The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is.’

    “‘I admit the truth of all you say, but there must be some mistake about it, for I do not remember that I gave any vote last winter upon any constitutional question.’

    “‘No, Colonel, there’s no mistake. Though I live here in the backwoods and seldom go from home, I take the papers from Washington and read very carefully all the proceedings of Congress. My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some sufferers by a fire in Georgetown . Is that true?’

    “‘Well, my friend; I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing Treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just as I did.’

    “‘It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing to do with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be intrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government. So you see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he. If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give $20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other. No, Colonel, Congress has no right to give charity. Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. If twice as many houses had been burned in this county as in Georgetown , neither you nor any other member of Congress would have thought of appropriating a dollar for our relief. There are about two hundred and forty members of Congress. If they had shown their sympathy for the sufferers by contributing each one week’s pay, it would have made over $13,000. There are plenty of wealthy men in and around Washington who could have given $20,000 without depriving themselves of even a luxury of life. The congressmen chose to keep their own money, which, if reports be true, some of them spend not very creditably; and the people about Washington , no doubt, applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving by giving what was not yours to give. The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution.

    “‘So you see, Colonel, you have violated the Constitution in what I consider a vital point. It is a precedent fraught with danger to the country, for when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people. I have no doubt you acted honestly, but that does not make it any better, except as far as you are personally concerned, and you see that I cannot vote for you.’
    “I tell you I felt streaked. I saw if I should have opposition, and this man should go to talking, he would set others to talking, and in that district I was a gone fawn-skin. I could not answer him, and the fact is, I was so fully convinced that he was right, I did not want to. But I must satisfy him, and I said to him:
    “‘Well, my friend, you hit the nail upon the head when you said I had not sense enough to understand the Constitution. I intended to be guided by it, and thought I had studied it fully. I have heard many speeches in Congress about the powers of Congress, but what you have said here at your plow has got more hard, sound sense in it than all the fine speeches I ever heard. If I had ever taken the view of it that you have, I would have put my head into the fire before I would have given that vote; and if you will forgive me and vote for me again, if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot.’
    “He laughingly replied: ‘Yes, Colonel, you have sworn to that once before, but I will trust you again upon one condition. You say that you are convinced that your vote was wrong. Your acknowledgment of it will do more good than beating you for it. If, as you go around the district, you will tell people about this vote, and that you are satisfied it was wrong, I will not only vote for you, but will do what I can to keep down opposition, and, perhaps, I may exert some little influence in that way.’

    “‘If I don’t,’ said I, ‘I wish I may be shot; and to convince you that I am in earnest in what I say I will come back this way in a week or ten days, and if you will get up a gathering of the people, I will make a speech to them. Get up a barbecue, and I will pay for it.’

    “‘No, Colonel, we are not rich people in this section, but we have plenty of provisions to contribute for a barbecue, and some to spare for those who have none. The push of crops will be over in a few days, and we can then afford a day for a barbecue. This is Thursday; I will see to getting it up on Saturday week. Come to my house on Friday, and we will go together, and I promise you a very respectable crowd to see and hear you.’

    “‘Well, I will be here. But one thing more before I say good-by. I must know your name.’

    “‘My name is Bunce.’

    “‘Not Horatio Bunce?’

    “‘Yes.’

    “‘Well, Mr. Bunce, I never saw you before, though you say you have seen me, but I know you very well. I am glad I have met you, and very proud that I may hope to have you for my friend.’

    “It was one of the luckiest hits of my life that I met him. He mingled but little with the public, but was widely known for his remarkable intelligence and incorruptible integrity, and for a heart brimful and running over with kindness and benevolence, which showed themselves not only in words but in acts. He was the oracle of the whole country around him, and his fame had extended far beyond the circle of his immediate acquaintance. Though I had never met him before, I had heard much of him, and but for this meeting it is very likely I should have had opposition, and had been beaten. One thing is very certain, no man could now stand up in that district under such a vote.

    “At the appointed time I was at his house, having told our conversation to every crowd I had met, and to every man I stayed all night with, and I found that it gave the people an interest and a confidence in me stronger than I had every seen manifested before.

    “Though I was considerably fatigued when I reached his house, and, under ordinary circumstances, should have gone early to bed, I kept him up until midnight, talking about the principles and affairs of government, and got more real, true knowledge of them than I had got all my life before.
    “I have known and seen much of him since, for I respect him–no, that is not the word–I reverence and love him more than any living man, and I go to see him two or three times every year; and I will tell you, sir, if every one who professes to be a Christian lived and acted and enjoyed it as he does, the religion of Christ would take the world by storm.
    “But to return to my story. The next morning we went to the barbecue, and, to my surprise, found about a thousand men there. I met a good many whom I had not known before, and they and my friend introduced me around until I had got pretty well acquainted–at least, they all knew me.
    “In due time notice was given that I would speak to them. They gathered up around a stand that had been erected. I opened my speech by saying:

    “‘Fellow-citizens–I present myself before you today feeling like a new man. My eyes have lately been opened to truths which ignorance or prejudice, or both, had heretofore hidden from my view. I feel that I can today offer you the ability to render you more valuable service than I have ever been able to render before. I am here today more for the purpose of acknowledging my error than to seek your votes. That I should make this acknowledgment is due to myself as well as to you. Whether you will vote for me is a matter for your consideration only.’

    “I went on to tell them about the fire and my vote for the appropriation and then told them why I was satisfied it was wrong. I closed by saying:
    “‘And now, fellow-citizens, it remains only for me to tell you that the most of the speech you have listened to with so much interest was simply a repetition of the arguments by which your neighbor, Mr. Bunce, convinced me of my error.
    “‘It is the best speech I ever made in my life, but he is entitled to the credit for it. And now I hope he is satisfied with his convert and that he will get up here and tell you so.’

    “He came upon the stand and said:
    “‘Fellow-citizens–It affords me great pleasure to comply with the request of Colonel Crockett. I have always considered him a thoroughly honest man, and I am satisfied that he will faithfully perform all that he has promised you today.’
    “He went down, and there went up from that crowd such a shout for Davy Crockett as his name never called forth before.

    “I am not much given to tears, but I was taken with a choking then and felt some big drops rolling down my cheeks. And I tell you now that the remembrance of those few words spoken by such a man, and the honest, hearty shout they produced, is worth more to me than all the honors I have received and all the reputation I have ever made, or ever shall make, as a member of Congress.

    “Now, sir,” concluded Crockett, “you know why I made that speech yesterday.
    “There is one thing now to which I will call your attention. You remember that I proposed to give a week’s pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men–men who think nothing of spending a week’s pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased–a debt which could not be paid by money–and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000, when weighted against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it.”

    Holders of political office are but reflections of the dominant leadership–good or bad–among the electorate.

    Horatio Bunce is a striking example of responsible citizenship. Were his kind to multiply, we would see many new faces in public office; or, as in the case of Davy Crockett, a new Crockett.

    For either the new faces or the new Crocketts, we must look to the Horatio in ourselves!

    Courtesy:http://www.fee.org/library/detail/not-your-to-give-2#ixzz2fTw9ZqYv

    • Iben_Hadd

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:38 p.m.

      Somebody could use a good editor.

    • ddanimald

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:49 p.m.

      Copy. Paste. Email to Congress & Senators. Easy as 123. Do something or. shut up.

  260. disqus_jbiEBRPY4F

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:26 p.m.

    The government of the people, by the people and for the people have the authority to screw the people, as long as its elite members can figure the way to get the people to reelect them. It is part of the Doctrine of the Endless Gravy Train.

  261. MsMag

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:27 p.m.

    WTF???!!!! We’re paying for that now, too?!
    How about me?

  262. Iben_Hadd

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:29 p.m.

    I mean WTF. You could have rented her for 20 bucks an hour in her prime!

  263. TheseusBeck

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:32 p.m.

    The greed of the ruling class knows no bounds. They have no morals. What is the answer to out of control royalty?

    • Iben_Hadd

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:33 p.m.

      Geeoteeen!

  264. Abe Noxious

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:32 p.m.

    What is the death gratuity for taxpayers who die before their Social Security kicks in after spending years contributing to it?

    • disqus_Jmf5gFCfr0

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:17 p.m.

      There is a death benefit of $255, that is it

  265. John Whalen

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:45 p.m.

    Are they kidding!!!! The Politicians are fleecing the American taxpayer to no end. The revolt is coming soon!!

  266. heidihoneighbor

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:49 p.m.

    First – i highly doubt republicans are the only ones practing this corrupt perk, and secondly, its yet another reason why American s are demanding smaller government. I do not go to work every day and pay 64% of my incomr in taxes for politicians to live high on the hog.

    • attackslack

      Sept. 20, 2013
      8:58 p.m.

      WTF are you talking about?

  267. danandsis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:49 p.m.

    They even pick our pockets from the grave

  268. Americaweeps

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:54 p.m.

    We have let our leaders run amok and so have damaged the nation and its citizenry. We have allowed the voice of the people fall on deaf ears. There is no one else to blame but the voters of this nation for doing nothing to stop this madness. We have made a monster that must be contained it we are to survive as free citizens and retake our way of life.

    • axsd

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:08 p.m.

      *Still* necessary before there’s a prayer of meaningful change are sweeping campaign financing reforms and brief, rigid term limits. NO MORE CAREER REPRESENTATIVES. There are plenty of smart people to go around. Serve a term or two — yes, THAT BRIEF — then move on.

      Among the small handful of items citizens far left to far right should be able to get behind.

  269. sfdsadf

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:57 p.m.

    Maybe I’ll run for Congress. I didn’t know what I was missing!

    • SoSimple

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:08 p.m.

      Neither did your spouse!

  270. attackslack

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:57 p.m.

    Seriously, I think that we should be paying more of these death gratuities.

    —the more, the better.

  271. notfondoflibs

    Sept. 20, 2013
    8:58 p.m.

    Another example of Congressional irresponsibility with taxpayer money. It’s time for that stuff to stop.. Right now.

  272. John Doe

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9 p.m.

    More proof that these elites think that winning an election makes them better than the rest of us. lib or republican this is BS. All the bene’s they get and they steal more.

  273. John Doe

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:03 p.m.

    It’s not real money unless it comes from your pocket. If they want to past a benefit pay for it yourselves. Not with taxpayer money.

  274. TennesseeRedDog

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:04 p.m.

    I actually hate these people. They have openly raped this country for the last 75 years, seeing nothing between them and a virtually limitless supply of “free” money. I would like to beat them all with an old bicycle chain.

  275. Marcus127

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:10 p.m.

    Did he die in the line of duty? No…..then he doesn’t qualify for a single red cent.

  276. Ann Davis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:10 p.m.

    95% of CONgress are vile, corrupt, parasites. But, as usual, we the people (ignorant fools) will re-elect 90% of them in Nov of ’14.

  277. Dark Storm

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:15 p.m.

    The corruption in D.C. is worse than anything we had with the British a few hundred years ago. For the atrocities committed in recent decades every person in congress should be hanged.

  278. outofsteam

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:16 p.m.

    Holy cow! What a secret that has been kept from us. I don’t know about the rest of you but I plan on emailing a lot of the house members and posting on their websites that this “gratuity” has got to stop. Anybody with me? I can’t do anything with my Rep. as he is a liberal jerk. That’s Paul Tonko from NYS. He votes for everything the Demorats put out.

  279. ddanimald

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:17 p.m.

    And of course 25% of it will be borrowed. Even the republicans can’t pass a balanced budget.

  280. Captain America's Wife

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:23 p.m.

    Hate is not a strong enough word for what I fell about this government.

  281. girugamesh

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:27 p.m.

    Mrs. Lautenberg, how about donating $174,000 to charity, or set up a scholarship in your deceased husband’s name?

  282. KCTed

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:29 p.m.

    “Before Lautenberg’s death, he was No. 8 on Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress with a net worth of at least $56.8 million.”
    Enough said…

  283. Glock

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:29 p.m.

    Out of line BIG TIME…CUT IT!!!

  284. elwap0

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:31 p.m.

    They could have sent a card but blood suckers that they ALL
    are.they just can’t stop….
    Ever
    …..

  285. Tater

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:33 p.m.

    And nothing for the Yarnell firefighters widows.

  286. Bill Hahn

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:34 p.m.

    … and it’s a Democrat – shocker.

  287. eastedie33510

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:35 p.m.

    This type of perk does not fly with taxpayers. Obviously, the Senator had a life insurance policy. Save our tax dollars!!!!!

  288. 1reallytaxed1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:35 p.m.

    The main problem missed here ……is POLITICIANS DIE IN OFFICE! its clear, they’re there too long !!

    Politicians get elected, go to Washington thinking they can change it, and it changes them, then they’re main goal is to get elected as many times as they can. How is it politicians go to Washington with a decent net worth, and grow to be multi multimillionaires ? There is something wrong with that !!

  289. Al Weezy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:36 p.m.

    Do WE really NEED to pay this PIG WIDOW who has what….50, fifty MILLION in the BANK…FU K her and RIP PEACE FRANK YOU THIEF.

  290. norton

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:36 p.m.

    Throw all thes SOB’s out now. What the hell are we the people thinking? Nothing but crooks.

    • axsd

      Sept. 20, 2013
      9:38 p.m.

      “But I like *my* congressperson.” Well, maybe toss out “like” FOR ONCE, when the stakes are this high, and vote for decency instead. Can you “likers” out there handle that?

  291. raychrisv

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:38 p.m.

    LET THEM EAT CAKE!

  292. MaineRep

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:39 p.m.

    Another sign of the political class disregard for the tax payers. They just keep getting richer. One set of rules for the tax payers and a different set for the ruling class.

  293. danandsis

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:40 p.m.

    This is just another example of many where the ruling class screws the taxpayers every chance they get. All hell’s going to break loose one of these days when even the most tolerant among us have had enough and desperation rules the day.Those that say it couldn’t happen in the good old U S of A are kidding themselves. I appears we’re moving headlong in that direction.

  294. hdevo

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:43 p.m.

    Revolution will clear up all the abuses

  295. Jeff

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:47 p.m.

    They take good care of themselves, don’t they?

  296. milburnschmidt

    Sept. 20, 2013
    9:52 p.m.

    After all its only money let your grand kids pay it when the loans are due, And what happened to the term limit debate?

  297. ddanimald

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:01 p.m.

    Heck, we’re already using our visa to pay our mastercard. $10 a day per person is BORROWED on their errr ahem our behalf.

  298. Kenya_Diggit

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:02 p.m.

    They are very generous with other people’s money.

  299. Michael Lloyd

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:03 p.m.

    That is plain disgusting. The $174K should be divided by the number who voted for it and they should all then have their fair share deducted from their pay. Another tradition for the trash heap. Effing idiots should be tied to the hitching post for this type of horse scata.

  300. Wally

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:12 p.m.

    Why is there just sooooo much bull$h1t coming out of Washington??????

  301. Wally

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:13 p.m.

    Could someone please get the roll of those that voted to pass this CR so that we can make sure to vote them out of office at the next term!!!!!

  302. disqus_vCf5Zv1ZJV

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:14 p.m.

    Who was the “Public Servant” who added that little bit of pork? I’d like him/her to make sure they add some annual salary annuities for the US service people whom these “Public Servants” send off to die. Why are tax payers keeping this widow in the money? The dead senator was making BIG bucks and should have started some retirement plan while he was alive. It’s not like they are living on food stamps, like many US Servicemen/women.

  303. John Gasser

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:16 p.m.

    Scum

  304. cuinsong

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:18 p.m.

    The problem is this. These politicians have been giving themselves so many perks through the years that they do not see what they do as wrong. Did they even consider giving the four families of the Bengahazi operation that lost love ones one dime. No! Instead they are spending bags of money trying to cover up the whole thing by giving people new id’s & new lives on the taxpayers dime. So in a nut shell this is an outrage & should not be part of any bill.

  305. Jonathan Miller

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:27 p.m.

    I have come up with a replacement for lightbulbs that is energy free. When I heard about this shlt I started to glow at an intense frequency producing a blinding light. America are you stupid? Because we are being treated that way. This 60 million dollar widow will get an extra 200K on top of her husbands continuing 200K dollars a year because it’s a tradition? We just cut benefits for food stamp recipients. And they plug this in our face? When will you begin to get mad over being bent over a barrel?

  306. newsninja

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:27 p.m.

    This is sickening. And a slap in the face to the hard working people in this country who are trying to feed their families and pay their bills.

  307. Chas

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:27 p.m.

    And don’t forget, she’s a politician, and they’re *not* to be trusted.- Obe-Wan Kenobi

  308. Mike Keller

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:30 p.m.

    What is it called when you put “every” politican on a barge and drag it out to into the middle of the ocean and sink it?
    Answer: Its a start!

  309. nunny1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:32 p.m.

    “By statute, a death gratuity is considered a gift.” Which means it’s taxable since it’s over the maximum tax-exempt gift.

  310. rustygrizwald

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:32 p.m.

    what is life insurance for? I’m sure a group life insurance was part of his employment package.

  311. nunny1

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:32 p.m.

    Now don’t exaggerate! It’s only 1.74x as much as a soldier.

  312. no

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:33 p.m.

    To bad they do not have more of these gratuities to pay out.

  313. lookinforawayout

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:35 p.m.

    I would like to know which Lobbyists paid him $56.8 million. He certainly didn’t make that on a Senator’s salary.

  314. sven s

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:36 p.m.

    Very ghetto

  315. JC526

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:38 p.m.

    Time to put an END to this…..

  316. JohnG

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:39 p.m.

    Frank Lautenberg left this planet a long long time ago. Prior to him being called back to duty by the Democratic Puppet Masters, who were about to lose the NJ seat to a Republican, he worked in the same building as I did. It was in Rochelle Park, NJ and each day his driver would bring him to work. I felt sorry for the old man because mentally he was gone, gonzo. I said hi to him one morning on the elevator and his “handler” had to turn him around from facing the wall of the elevator. His “handler” said hi back to me as the old senator looked blankly down at the floor. Not a sound from him, nothing. That’s when I realized he was an empty suit. It was the same routine for the next year anytime I saw him on the elevator. Then in 2003 he was placed back into office by the Puppet Masters. NJ got what they wanted, a mindless puppet but I always wondered what ever happened to Frank’s “handler”. Seeing the empty suit on the elevator made me shake my head in disbelief in who’s really minding the store; who’s behind all of the empty suits and skirts!

    • lookinforawayout

      Sept. 20, 2013
      10:43 p.m.

      wow

    • Suzebeez

      Sept. 20, 2013
      11:38 p.m.

      Sounds a lot like John Dingell, representative from Michigan. Just keeping the seat warm for his wife to take over. It was passed to him by his daddy. They should strap a drool cup to his chin before they wheel him out in public.

  317. Marshall Thompson

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:40 p.m.

    Total bullshit! Revoke the gratuity, now!

  318. borninmombasa

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:42 p.m.

    It’s the “Chicago Way”

  319. A. Levy

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:44 p.m.

    Does that mean she couldn’t find where he buried all the money he stole?

  320. Dan

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:45 p.m.

    American hypocrisy at its best……

  321. lookinforawayout

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:45 p.m.

    Okay, I agree with most all of the comments below – but someone come up with a plan. Where do we go from here?? What is the next step for all of us who see through the smoke and mirrors?

  322. ssquared

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:46 p.m.

    Lautenburg made millions early on the internet and he is/was a Democrat pawn.
    Screw his estate!

  323. Marshall Thompson

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:46 p.m.

    Not nearly enough. God bless or military men and women. And a pox on politicians who send them to be maimed and die in overseas political bull_shi_t. And a pox on any douche hiding behind a false name on the Internet. Got an opinion? Have the balls to post in in your own name like I do.

  324. JDsHandsomeSon

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:47 p.m.

    When the revolution comes, we must track down all these office holders who will have fled the country fearing the wrath of the people. Once we have them, we must locate and seize everything they own and put it back in the hands of the people. Thereafter, there should be show trials and then we want horse drawn carts slowly wheeling down Pennsylvania Avenue to scaffolds where upon they all are guillotined for our amusement.

  325. Marshall Thompson

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:49 p.m.

    Work place violence? Total crap. Nidal was a terrorist Islamic jihadist!

  326. Pronghorn

    Sept. 20, 2013
    10:56 p.m.

    The Ruling Class strikes again. Wouldn’t we all like to be able to vote ourselves money out of other peoples’ pockets? Well, no, some of us have principles.

  327. Memphis Slimbo

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:05 p.m.

    “Little known perk” is right. Everything about this is wrong. I can’t imagine a single citizen is interested in paying out an unofficial life insurance benefit to a deceased senator’s spouse.

  328. 1PissedAmerican2

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:09 p.m.

    “Absolute power”….

  329. stoky

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:11 p.m.

    Get Issa on this one.. His track record so far is 0 for 32.

  330. americanmark

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:14 p.m.

    This ain’t the Civil War era, a time when widows could have been left penniless. What are these guys thinking letting this tradition continue? Does she get an EBT, too?

  331. Demonslayerofdemorats

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:15 p.m.

    Man it’s like we need to have a freaking French Revolution where we string up about 350 Congressman and probably about 90 Senators (everyone of the demonrat ones) tar and feather them and then light a few of them on fire to tell them we mean business! Cut this Sh*t out! When is enough, freakin enough with these scoundrels!

  332. John Sheridan

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:19 p.m.

    All right, all you government plantation workers get back to work and make millionaire liberal Frank’s wife HAPPY! WORK , WORK BITCHES!!!

  333. wb63

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:19 p.m.

    This is completely typical of this government. They sit up
    there on their gilded thrones eating cake and drinking champagne while we paupersdig for potatoes. Obama and his family vacation around the world like Hollywood stars, congress exempts themselves from obamacare they force all federal employees to take days off with no pay while not one of them has done it. Nor have they done the right thing and taken a pay cut, instead they vote
    themselves raises in the middle of the night when no one is watching c-span. It’s hi-time that they become more accountable for their actions and have to answer to the people in a more direct way than at the ballot box. Call your representative and tell them that enough is enough.

  334. The_Toxic_Avenger

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:19 p.m.

    Nice of the Senate to reach into my wallet and give the grieving millionaire’s widow a little spending cash.
    May I expect the same considerations to my wife should I pass on?

  335. Sueychop

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:24 p.m.

    Our “leaders” are crooks. Money flows on Capitol Hill like some 80’s disco.

  336. sstrek

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:24 p.m.

    I wanna know WHO added this in! A multi-millionaire getting a handout. Shamfull!!

  337. iceman3232

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:35 p.m.

    They should have purchased life insurance and planned like the rest of us have to. Man the government jobs are so freaking ridiculous.

  338. Jim

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:35 p.m.

    Lautenberg, anti-gun nut, anti-constitutionalist, millionaire, needs $176,000 for his wife?
    Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo Tango Hotel Alpha Tango.
    DECRIPT. and unshackle.

  339. iceman3232

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:36 p.m.

    Mean while the rest of the Americans suffer because these politicians take care of themselves, their families and their donors while scr ewing the rest of us.

  340. arkivx

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:40 p.m.

    Must be nice to be part of the ruling class.

  341. Steve Canon

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:43 p.m.

    Term limits!!!

  342. John Williams

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:51 p.m.

    Should have given Lautenberg’s money to Ted Steven’s widow since he, like Tom Delay, was drummed out of politics by false charges from Democratic operatives.

  343. Truthmonster

    Sept. 20, 2013
    11:54 p.m.

    Are you kidding me!?! Obama could have played a round of golf with that money!

  344. gwbnyc

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:12 a.m.

    That’s a weeks worth of take-out chinese for The Moose.

  345. ɹǝzıuɐƃɹo ʎʇıunɯɯoɔ

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:13 a.m.

    Can they tell us all just who added these “28 words”?

  346. Okeydoker

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:18 a.m.

    Moochelells snack budget!

  347. Beavereater

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:20 a.m.

    Their obscenity has no bounds.

  348. MovingToNevada

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:22 a.m.

    The widow should just say…”thanks, but no thanks”…if she had any class.

  349. gogriz91

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:23 a.m.

    Why is everyone upset? The first premise of our elected servants is “everyone is equal but some are more equal than others”. Know your place and move there quickly, we’re all too simple to grasp these complex issues, leave that to Napoleon, Squealer and their legions of urbane libtards.

  350. Skip Cliner

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:24 a.m.

    We have a government of corrupt pigs voted for by ignorant deadbeat imbeciles

  351. search9286

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:29 a.m.

    I have just sent a request to my Representative (Tom Price, R GA) to introduce legislation to eliminate this benefit. If everyone else reading this article contacts THEIR Rep and does the same, perhaps there would be enough support to stop it from happening again.

  352. Sammie Jo

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:31 a.m.

    why should the taxpayers be on the hook for any politician’s family? Don’t they carry life insurance?
    If she has a conscience she’ll give it back, I won’t hold my breath.

  353. TahoeGuy

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:38 a.m.

    screw this… This lady needs to go get a job.

  354. carlyle_ny

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:41 a.m.

    October 1—the Protest Against The Plutocrats before the Capitol Building! Everyone be there with your sign and call out these skunks and rats! The time has come—the time is now! No more BS from these bastards!

  355. john oldham

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:43 a.m.

    $174,000.00. Hardly a drop in the ocean. Some of the stuff these politicians legislate for themselves is obscene. It’s so absolutely ridiculous, most people just don’t believe it is possible. It’s too blatant to be wrong.

  356. Strip the Rogues of Everything

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:45 a.m.

    This is, in part, one of the things that causes the blood of tens of millions of Americans to boil. These people in Congress are fools. All of their good old boy perks and tricks have come home to roost! There might be hell to pay as this story gets out to the masses.

  357. KellyKAFIR

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:45 a.m.

    A gift… WITH OUR MONEY!! They sure are generous with our money!!! This is SHAMEFUL!!

  358. Strip the Rogues of Everything

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:47 a.m.

    Band together, hunt them down and get in their faces. Make their lives and the lives of their families a living nightmare. Protest in their own front yards!!

  359. Perceptions

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:50 a.m.

    Who are you to question our masters? They make so many sacrifices to serve their country that they deserve to live better than us.

  360. taxpqayer1

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:54 a.m.

    It seems like as the days pass examples of the political class acting like royality. This is just the latest example. Special treatment under ObamaCare is another. And they were worried about a “brain drain” if they didn’t receive the special treatment. For us frogs in the water it is getting mighty how and we need to wake up.

  361. insidecat

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:59 a.m.

    They’re really generous with our money. They should take up a collection from their own pockets to be generous with. Making themselves look big on our dime.

    • Vince Foster

      Sept. 21, 2013
      2:16 a.m.

      The money in their pockets comes from our pockets to begin with.

  362. Spud

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:15 a.m.

    Vote Out Obamas Communist Party 2014 and 2016

  363. jamesben

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:18 a.m.

    …and one day, hopefully soon, these despicable pols will look up and wonder – out loud, “Why did they storm the Bastille?”

    Ya…why.

  364. LarryEF

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:32 a.m.

    LarryEF

    I am now officially becoming a libertarian, I give up on the jackasses with D’s and R’s at the end of their names. This is a frigging bridge too far for me.

  365. LarryCroft

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:32 a.m.

    Perhaps the practice should be discontinued.

    But, as it has been in place as an established practice we have to continue such payments ’til the rules are changed.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:11 a.m.

      It should have never been implemented in the first place.the rest of the nation has to have a life insurance policy for that. . . .oh wait, don’t they have a congressional policy that also does that?And they still did this?It’s a problem . . . . . if they want to do this. . then pass a hat and take it out of your own pocket.This gluttony of lavishing nonsense on themselves at our expense is obscene, and it needs to stop.

  366. billmelater1

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:34 a.m.

    Hopefully there will be a death benefit for all of congress that voted for this that will guarantee they serve life in prison until death.

  367. Jazzboy1

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:39 a.m.

    She doesn’t deserve this corrupt practice and neither does any other GOP or Democratic widow, widower or significant other.

  368. Beedogs

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:44 a.m.

    Bahh, let them eat cake shout the pols. Off with their heads cry the taxpayers!

  369. esterc

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:47 a.m.

    These people really have no shame.

  370. D. G.

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:51 a.m.

    What a bunch of tone-deaf, math-challenged buffoons.

  371. Vince Foster

    Sept. 21, 2013
    2:14 a.m.

    If you live, they take your money…

    If you die, they take your money…

    If they die, they take your money…

  372. impeachhobama

    Sept. 21, 2013
    2:31 a.m.

    Kill Obamacare, Purge the Congress of Marxists, the Black and Hispanic Caucus’s, and Islamists. Identify, locate, and eliminate all Communists within the United States. Identify, locate, and eliminate all Muslim Brotherhood within the United States. Locate and deport all illegal aliens. Install anti personal mines along the border with Mexico. Make illegal entry into the US punishable with death. Rebuild and refit the the Armed Forces, restock the Nuclear arsenal. Nullify the Gun control act of 1934 and 1968.

  373. IAmAProudAmerican

    Sept. 21, 2013
    2:54 a.m.

    The benefit to the rich widow was unnecessary. If the widow or widower or children were broke, I could understand it. When they’re extremely rich, it must not be done.

  374. ApplePie101

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:08 a.m.

    Think about that when the government confiscates a chunk of the estate of your own deceased relatives. It’s for Lautenberg’s widow.

  375. budltlm

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:15 a.m.

    But we’re only 17 Trillion dollars in debt …

  376. mikeammo

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:21 a.m.

    What a complete crock of sheeiiittt.

  377. mikeammo

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:21 a.m.

    F we the people!

  378. devan95

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:42 a.m.

    All this will only stop when taxpayers get united and refuse to pay taxes until DC returns to Constitutional limits and the spending insanity stops. Until then, that’s just the way they’ll roll…..

  379. ApplegateRanch

    Sept. 21, 2013
    3:57 a.m.

    Gee, what a shame that they don’t have a government life insurance policy plan they could contribute to. No sane person can perceive this to be spending for the GENERAL welfare of the United States.

  380. smashicus

    Sept. 21, 2013
    4:17 a.m.

    Wouldn’t want the woman not to have her trip to Vegas to go gambling with our money.

  381. doramin

    Sept. 21, 2013
    4:45 a.m.

    Look up the classic essay “Not Yours To Give” attributed to Rep. David Crockett (TN).

    If they want to pass the hat around they are welcome, otherwise it’s not their money to dole out to favorites.

    I know, I know, I can’t write this without laughing.

  382. STOPSPENDING

    Sept. 21, 2013
    5:04 a.m.

    Another waste of tax dollars by Congress

  383. Ticked Texan

    Sept. 21, 2013
    5:07 a.m.

    Actually, the food stamp reductions in the rate of growth, what DC calls a cut, are for able bodied adults without dependents.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:05 a.m.

      But it’s always called a “cut”. . .even if the program still “grows.” And the republicans are trying to fix what Obama did. He took the restrictions off of welfare, and now you can receive it for literally, no reason. We’re providing an “alternative” lifestyle other than work. . . . .However, there aren’t any jobs out there. . . lots of people want to work, or have a better/full time job . . .. . . .Obama’s policies are irrational, his behavior is unhinged. . . . . .the democrats have become vicious and vile in their behavior. . . .It’s going to break bad. . . . .at some point. . . .

  384. Oilfart1

    Sept. 21, 2013
    5:31 a.m.

    I don’t care what side of the aisle, this is an outrage. This practice should be ended. This outlay is nothing but a gratuitous expenditure.

  385. kimbershot

    Sept. 21, 2013
    5:50 a.m.

    let’s take up a collection and hope for early permanent retirement for a few more leeches on both parties–now there’s bipartisanship.

  386. No One Important

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6 a.m.

    That’s insane man. . . .Lautenburg was wealthy. If they want a payment . . . .buy life insurance, like the rest of the nation.Not just some gift from the taxpayers. Absolute insanity.This is the type of stuff that makes the nation scream in outrage. .. while congress keeps making victims of people – they continually lavish our money on themselves for perks, gifts, subsidies. . . . .Americans are struggling to feed themselves, and it never occurs to these parasites in Washington to say noooooooooooooooooo to their little perks, gifts, gimmicks and subsidies. . . . .Something is really off the rails people. . . . .these people in Washington need to be called/faxed/emailed. They need to stop this kind of cr%%p. . . . .this ridiculous and disgusting gluttony needs to stop.They need to be told . . . “if you wouldn’t get this as a regular taxpayer, then you shouldn’t be receiving this as a politician.”Better yet, tell them to pay this out of their own pockets! Take up a collection and pass the plate. See if they can come up with this gratuity by themselves – not taxpayer money – do it out of your own pockets. . . . . . .”charity”. . . .with your own money, not with taxpayer money. . . .

  387. dygene

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:03 a.m.

    “A death gratuity is considered a gift.” Nobody asked John Q. Public if he wanted to give his money away. These thieves need to be voted out at the next opportunity and term limits will end this nonsense!

  388. EddieInFL

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:04 a.m.

    The 535 for the most part, think of themselves as “royalty” or “rulers.” Most of them don’t consult their constituents on anything. They are “bought and paid” for by the “money changers” who fund their campaigns, and then “lobby” for “special interests.”
    The proof comes in 3 parts.
    1–By a wide majority, “most” citizens in the US are NOT in favor of “amnesty” for illegals. Yet Congress continues to “jam” it through.
    2–By a wide majority, “most” citizens in the US are NOT if favor of the “affordable health care” bill. Yet Congress did jam it through, on Christmas Eve, in a bill few, if any of them read.
    3–By a wide majority, “most” citizens in the US were NOT in favor of an attack on Syria. Yet Congress did its best, and continues to look for a way to get us involved in yet another war–and next time Kerry won’t make a “blunder” and POTUS won’t go to Congress.
    Put these three items on a national referendum,

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:22 a.m.

      At least the “Amnesty push” has fallen down in the house. It’s going no where. Gutierrez admitted that much. . . .but we all know that Gutierrez is a liar. . . .However, he stopped crowing about all those supposed “republicans” that he claimed would support that Amnesty bill (gang of 7) in the house. . . .. My guess, he was blowing smoke and lying (he would never name names). . . . . but now, he admits, it has collapsed in the house.My guess is, they heard from the voters.A republican ripped a California state senate seat away from a democrat in a 41% Hispanic district. Not by talking amnesty, but talking better jobs, more money in their pockets, and smaller government. . . . . .The democrats better watch out. . . .Gallup poll: Not even legal Hispanics want 11+ million illegals dumped into this economy to compete with them for jobs. . . . . (startling – only 5% cared about immigration reform. 34% care about the economy!)If that catches on. . .the democrats could lose a sizeable chunk of that voting block. . . . .

  389. LLeone

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:05 a.m.

    Getting Frank Lautenberg out of the Senate is a bargain at any price…But I agree this shouldn’t be a routine practice when dealing with millionaire’s wives.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:17 a.m.

      If they want to do this – take up a collection and give it to her out of their own pockets.This gluttony and grotesque behavior of lavishing things on themselves has to stop. . . . .it’s insane.If they wouldn’t receive this “gift” as a taxpayer (giving money to a wealthy widow?), then they shouldn’t be doing it as politicians.That’s the worst part if all of this – these parasites never stop and ask themselves – “should we do this?” It never dawns on them that they shouldn’t. . . . .with our money. Unbelievable.

      • stillamisfit

        Sept. 21, 2013
        7:05 a.m.

        When these pr*cks reach down into their pockets, they are in mine. Progressives see America as an endless supply of money, all they have to do is TAKE IT.

  390. asrealasitgets

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:17 a.m.

    What did you expect, they vote to give themselves raises, they exclude themselves from Obamacare, they don’t want term limits, and they can’t balance a budget.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:27 a.m.

      I think some in Washington are realizing – this nation is getting angrier and angrier and angrier. This pot of oil is starting to get really hot – nearing a boil. . . .and the more they do stuff like this – the more in danger the politicians in Washington are of losing their jobs/seats/power.The worse the economy gets (91 million out of the work force). . . .the angrier and more desperate people become.The youth are backlashing against Obama. . angry at his garbage economy. . .the seniors are backlashing against Obamacare. . .57% want it repealed in whole/in part. . . . employers hate Obamacare. . . now they’re outright announcing that they’re laying people off because of Obamacare. (A couple years ago, they were tip toeing around the reason – now, they’re not.)This nation is getting madder and madder. .. if Washington doesn’t wake up (get out of their protective/pampered bubble they live in). . .they’re going to be in for an ugly surprise. . . .there’s only so much this nation is going to tolerate.

      • asrealasitgets

        Sept. 21, 2013
        7:31 a.m.

        Your absolutely right, but why is it that we keep sending back the same do nothing politicians. What we need is term limits for congress and go back to when Senators where sent to represent our State by Governors. All politicians Federal, Sate, and local should be only allowed to serve 2 terms

  391. Cahal the Mad

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:26 a.m.

    As usual, it’s a democrat senator stealing our money, money he doesn’t even need.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:28 a.m.

      And he’s doing it from the grave. . . . .still taking the taxpayers’ money even after he’s gone. My question is. . . .Why did the republicans allow this to be added?What happened there?Who didn’t read this?

  392. 99magna

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:28 a.m.

    I thinking public televised caning may be called for…

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:41 a.m.

      I think we need to start to demand these bills are broken down into each individual piece.That way they can’t bury this type of garbage in a bill. . . . . no more “committees” to bury garbage like this. . .they’re all at fault for goodies like this. . . .We are insulted every week with stories like this. . . . .

      • stillamisfit

        Sept. 21, 2013
        7:03 a.m.

        I agree. Unfortunately, the current process of making a bill is disgusting and discouraging. There is a lot horse trading and injection of needless pork to buy eachothers’ votes. At the end of the day, the pols claim victory and the public has lost big time.

      • 99magna

        Sept. 22, 2013
        8:20 a.m.

        You are certainly right. Can you imagine if the Affordable Care Act was broken down in the manner you suggest….as it should have been and should be now…

  393. Kountry Bumpkin

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:32 a.m.

    What we had better worry about is if they ram through funding for obamacare and amnesty at Christmas, congress is famous for voting yes on bills at the end of the year when most people are celebrating the holidays and they’ll vote yes on just about anything so they can go home.

  394. RLara

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:44 a.m.

    Balanced budget amendment would take care of alot of this garbage.

    • stillamisfit

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:59 a.m.

      It has been so long since our “leaders” have done a budget at all, I wonder if they would even remember? No working American family could ever run a household the way these clowns in the Senate have abused the budget process!

  395. Oldie

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:44 a.m.

    Of course. Take care of themselves. We need to VOTE all incumbent out of office. ANYONE could do better in representing the people and we might by change get someone who cares.

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      6:47 a.m.

      No, not all incumbents. do your research – blanket generalizations like that don’t help anyone.

      • Yukiko

        Sept. 21, 2013
        7:03 a.m.

        Normally I would agree with you but in this case I have to disagree. It’s time to sanitize the entire chicken coop. Even the ‘good’ ones have been tainted by their colleagues.

        • No One Important

          Sept. 21, 2013
          8:16 a.m.

          Nope – if someone likes their representative – they have the right to vote for/keep that representative. . .despite the “throw them all out” mentality.And that’s what’s so sad about so many people and their stupid “term limits” argument.I don’t want someone’s arbitrary term to stop me from re electing someone I like. (I don’t like any of mine by the way – but we’re out numbered.)If an individual state wants to term limit their federal representatives, fine, but not mine. That’s not your call to make for me. (Not to mention the problems with “unaccountable” people up there in their lame duck sessions.)

  396. stillamisfit

    Sept. 21, 2013
    6:57 a.m.

    Lautenberg was one of the most radical leftist to ever serve in the Senate. This man exemplified crony capitalism at its absolute worst. Even from the grave, he continues to abuse the system on the backs of the taxpayers.

  397. TexasVetgal

    Sept. 21, 2013
    7:04 a.m.

    Nawwwww…no corruption in DC, people are hurting in this Country, and these arrogant scumbags give big payouts to already wealthy government entitled leeches.
    They all make me want to puke.

  398. Josh

    Sept. 21, 2013
    7:13 a.m.

    Lets look at this a bit different, not about the money, but about the action. When I give a gift to my daughter, I buy something with money I earned working at my job.

    These people, loose term, didn’t use their money, they used tax payer money to buy this gift and didn’t even consult those they took if from!!
    I “give” tax money to better benefit my life. How is giving this rich old woman enough money to buy her dinner helping me?

    • No One Important

      Sept. 21, 2013
      8:12 a.m.

      Leaving aside the “rich old woman” part – I want to know – why would a widow/widower be entitled to a year’s salary when the rest of America has to buy a life insurance policy for this. . . .and are we to believe that these pampered pooches don’t have a life insurance policy already as part of their benefits?If the Taxpayers don’t receive any such “gift” without paying for it – then neither should these wingnuts.It never occurs to them to “just say no” to lavishing our money on themselves. Why would anyone up there think that something like this is appropriate?That’s what’s really astounding. Did it occur to anyone to say no? To stop this nonsense? This lavish spending on themselves at our expense?If they want to do this – pass a hat around. Give your own money – not our tax money.

  399. flahorsedentist

    Sept. 21, 2013
    7:18 a.m.

    The late great Davey Crockett refused to do similar endowment for some member of the House staff, citing it is the People’s money. The dweebs we have in their act like it is their money. Tea.

  400. Boommach

    Sept. 21, 2013
    8:09 a.m.

    What a lovely gesture. Giving elitist dead millionaire spouses enough money to buy my house.

    Very nice. It must make y’all feel real good about yourselves. I’d like to tell you how it makes ME feel but, he’ll, you’d never listen. That’s alright. I’ll talk to you a year from November as best I can.

  401. Howard Lee

    Sept. 21, 2013
    9:34 a.m.

    It’s nothing but criminal from the world largest criminal organization–Congress cannot point the finger at any other country. They better clean up their own house. Borriow, steal, and give away tax dollars to stay in power.

  402. David

    Sept. 21, 2013
    9:39 a.m.

    This so wrong. Lousyberg was pile of excrement and should never have been anywhere near the senate and now they give his millionaire wife an extra 174K. What a corrupt government we have.

  403. ML NJ

    Sept. 21, 2013
    9:57 a.m.

    Let me guess: Tax free too.

  404. Marcia Badowski

    Sept. 21, 2013
    11:33 a.m.

    It is the same type of life insurance payout many people automatically get through their employer. It is usually 1x annual salary and management may get 3x or more. Also, some employers allow employees to pay a little bit more for a higher payout. For example, a single mom might pay a few dollars each pay period so her kids would get 3x, 4x etc. her salary if something happened to her. Lautenberg’s current net worth is irrelevant. The insurance is fairly cheap because only a small fraction of people will die while they are still with the company. It is an attractive perk, though, especially for people with families because you never know what can happen.

    • Sharon Morgan

      Sept. 21, 2013
      12:41 p.m.

      I am quite sure the taxpayers foot the bill for life insurance for Congress. If not, they can work to put that in one of their bills… However, ‘gifting’ money which does not belong to them and in violation of the Constitutional fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers. No. Not acceptable.

      Can you imagine if a corporation decided to ‘gift’ large sums of stockholder money to family members of executives?

      I already have a hard time with corporations funneling money to shakedown groups in order to buy their cease/desist of harassment. In that type of case, it’s extortion. Sharpton/Jackson specialize in this technique.

      • Marcia Badowski

        Sept. 21, 2013
        3:17 p.m.

        I’m more concerned about the House cutting food stamps to the poorest of the poor than a 174k death benefit. How many people actually die in Congress every year?

        As far as ‘gifting’ $$ to executives, corporations do that all the time. That’s why CEO’s in failing companies still get generous golden parachutes. And I’m sure the family of any CEO that dies while still with the company will get a generous life insurance payout.

  405. Sharon Morgan

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:34 p.m.

    “Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased,
    and as much sympathy for the suffering of the living, if suffering
    there be, as any man in this house, but we must not permit our respect
    for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an
    act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an
    argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money
    as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the
    right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we
    please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to
    appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have
    been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr.
    Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in
    office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the
    government was in arrears to him.

    “Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the
    grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We
    have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr.
    Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own
    as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for
    this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and, if every
    member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the
    bill asks.”

    David Crockett

  406. Sharon Morgan

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:36 p.m.

    PS- Isn’t a gift of over 12k taxable? If not, why shouldn’t folks ‘gift’ money from their 401k to their kids, while alive. No tax… The children can ‘gift’ it back, no tax. What’s good for the goose…

  407. warman

    Sept. 21, 2013
    12:40 p.m.

    They’ve got that budget cut to the bone!

  408. warman

    Sept. 21, 2013
    1:15 p.m.

    $174000, we had to borrow $70000 of it.

  409. John Rivas

    Sept. 22, 2013
    3:07 a.m.

    Although elected by a majority, this does not imply that the citizens’ agents are entitled to do what they like in the majority’s name.

  410. JoanieBaloney

    Sept. 24, 2013
    10:38 a.m.

    I believe Nancy Pelosi stated recently, that there was nothing else to
    cut from the budget inferring that they have cut to bare bones already. Wake up young voters and step up to the plate
    and get more involved as this is your future going down the drain. I’m old and done my bit and had enough.

  411. Layla

    Sept. 27, 2013
    2 p.m.

    I can guarantee the soldier’s family doesn’t have millions in the bank.

  412. Dashed

    Sept. 27, 2013
    3:36 p.m.

    Col. David Crockett, 3 term Congressman from Tenn., famously delivered a speech, “Not Yours to Give” in answer to a proposed appropriation for a naval officer’s widow. He said, “We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money…” His entire speech should be read out to Congress frequently.

  413. Karen L Merchant

    Oct. 17, 2013
    10:01 a.m.

    How nice of them to add her in. While Fisher House Foundation stepped in and paid the 37 spouses of deceased soldiers, before congress EVER even knew about it or swore they would pay them back. This rich woman gets 174,000, 74,000 over the allotted 100,000 death gratuity set after 9/11. At some point even the most devout demodumbwit should be able to figure out how blatantly ” in your face” to the military this is. I hope Obummer doesn’t decide to start a war anytime soon. From what I hear from the military base near by and from military friends, he would have to send in his wife and kids to fight it because the military has turned their backs on him. Can we blame them?!!

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