Our misbehaving Congress cost the American people almost $1 million this year alone in settlements, which are effectively also hush money, sealed to protect the offenders…
It is expensive for the American people to underwrite the sexual and other misconduct of our lawmakers, with the bill for their work-related sexual harassment and other improprieties costing us almost $1 million in taxpayer-funded settlements last year alone.
Eight victims pocketed the cash in 2017 as compensation for Congress doing things they shouldn’t have been doing. With the perpetrators’ names sealed and the US taxpayers bailing them out of any financial obligations, there really is no penalty or accountability on the part of the lawmakers. Why wouldn’t they continue to do as they please?
The exact amount paid out to Congressional employees over the course of the this year is $934,754. That’s close to double the previous year, 2016, in which 15 victims were paid $588,049.
Perhaps this year’s offenses were worse than last year’s or maybe they’re just more free-spending in the settlement process. 264 victims have been paid a combined $17 million since 1997.
The most expensive year for the American people came back in 2007, when Democrats were in the majority and controlled both chambers of Congress. That year we shelled out just over $4 million in hush money and compensation to the injured parties.
The Office of Compliance released the figures ahead of their scheduled early 2018 date due to an increasing volume of requests. said it chose to release the numbers ahead of their scheduled early 2018 release because of the increasing number of requests in recent weeks.
Compliance Executive Director Susan Tsui Grundmann said in a statement, “Nothing in this subparagraph requires the Office to release award and settlement figures referenced in Section 1415 of the CAA. However, based on the volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements reached under the CAA, I am releasing these figures beginning with Fiscal Year 1997, up to and including FY 2017.”
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