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Should We Pay Lame-duck No-shows?

Mark Nikolas at Political Base, analyzing the absentee list on the House Big Three Bailout vote earlier this week, raises an interesting point that could save taxpayers thousands (not billions, but it's a start).

[It] is an outrage is when members simply stop showing-up for work after losing an election or announcing their retirement, yet happily continue to accept their $169,300 annual salary, nonetheless. That is simply an insult to the taxpayers, especially as Congress had to convene in lameduck session to deal with legislation to save the domestic auto industry. Yet, 14 of the 26 non-voting members are lameducks who seem less interested in saving anything except their fat paychecks.
Isn't it long past time that we demand that lameduck members, who refuse to show-up for votes, lose their six-figure salary?

House no-show list: Costa, Cubin (did not run for re-election), Delahunt, Doolittle (did not run for re-election), Ellison, Emanuel (left to become White House COS), Everett (did not run for re-election), Gilchrest (lost GOP primary), Gordon, Gutierrez, Hastings (FL), Hooley (did not run for re-election), Johnson, E. B., Keller (lost re-election bid), Kuhl (NY) (lost re-election bid), Miller, Gary, Peterson (PA) (did not run for re-election), Pryce (OH) (lost re-election bid), Renzi (did not run for re-election), Rohrabacher, Sensenbrenner, Snyder, Tancredo (did not run for re-election), Walberg (lost re-election bid), Watson and Weldon (FL) (lost re-election bid).

Senate no-shows on last night's cloture vote numbered 12.

We're not imputing motive (and are E-mailing to see why they missed the votes), but there were 8 GOP no-shows -- five of them are on their way out in January.

Of the four Dem absentees, one is now veep (Biden) and one is recovering from cancer (Kennedy).

Senate no-shows, via THOMAS: Alexander, Biden (moving to a new branch), Cornyn, Craig (didn't seek reelection), Graham, Hagel (didn't seek re-election), Kennedy (recovering from brain tumor), Kerry, Smith (defeated), Stevens (indicted, convicted, defeated), Sununu (defeated) and Wyden.

 

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