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Two scoops of income, please: the double-dipping pols among us

Friday, June 28, 2013

National Journal reports that about 90 elected members of Congress are double dippers, earning pensions in addition to their House and Senate salaries. They include both senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. An excerpt:



They are among the richest members (Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., with a net worth of at least $42.8 million in 2011) and the poorest (Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who reported between $15,000 and $50,000 in the bank and at least $600,000 in mortgage and loan debts). Overall, Democrats draw government pensions more often than Republicans—by a ratio of 2-to-1. Some lawmakers draw on multiple public retirement packages, including the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, who collected $65,000 from three different pensions in 2012.

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