John Boehner’s Big Payday

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

When John Boehner became House Speaker in January, austerity was the theme of his ascendancy. But only six months into his new job, Boehner not only expanded his staff and his paycheck, he more than doubled the expense-account check he receives each month.

Roll Call has the details:

As Minority Leader, the Ohio Republican had received a direct payment of $833 each month from the American taxpayers to cover his “official expenses.”

But now, Boehner receives a monthly $2,083.33 direct payment for expenses, according to the most recent expenditure reports from the Clerk of the House. Because the total of the expense payment is the same each month, it is apparently not reimbursement for individual itemized expenses.

While Congress has set aside $235,000 a year to cover the expenses of House and Senate leaders, Boehner now appears to be the only Member of the House accepting this money in direct payments each month.

The boost in Boehner’s expense account is in addition to the $30,000 increase in the base pay that he began to collect in January after becoming Speaker. According to the Congressional Research Service, the Minority Leader’s salary was $193,400 last year but his Speaker salary is now $223,500.

Between his pay and his expenses increases, Boehner saw his annual checks jump from $203,400 to $248,500 in January, an increase of about 22 percent.

Back in January, Boehner pledged to fly commercial and said “The American people want a smaller, more accountable government. And starting Wednesday, the House of Representatives will be the American people’s outpost in Washington, D.C..”

All of which begs the question? As House Speaker, what could Boehner possibly be using this taxpayer money for? Imported cigarettes? A better grade of bourbon?

Or maybe hush money for his former mistresses, former Washington lobbyist Lisbeth Lyons and former press secretary Leigh LaMora?

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7 Responses to John Boehner’s Big Payday

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    They’re all alike. Once these scalawags get elected and ascend to positions of power, they forget their own words and who they work for. I would very much enjoy seeing Boehner’s travel itinerary. I want to see how many trips he took were on government jets versus commercial flights? My guess is, he doesn’t fly Southwest and cue up for a boarding pass like the rest of us.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    John Boehner is a much bigger scumbag than Anthony Weiner. It’s really amazing to me. I guess the absence of all moral character is a prerequisite to run for the US Congress? These guys so dishonor the notion that public service is something worthwhile. I guess we get the government we deserve.

  3. feminazi says:

    As a straight female, I don’t see what Boehner’s ladies see/saw in him. I appreciate a man able to show emotion and cry when they are moved, but the drinking and smoking, coupled with his conservative politics is just a complete deal breaker for this old Jew.

  4. fran says:

    I’m guessing better Bourbon & kleenex. Lots of Kleenex.

  5. TOM339 says:

    Ohio is in a ‘Let’s Elect As Many GOP Creeps As Possible” mood. John Boehner, John Kasich, Mike DeWine, Josh Mandel, Jon Husted, and Mary Taylor to name to name a few.

    My sister and brother-in-law live in Kenwood — a suburb of Cincinnati and they love it there but the state political shift to the right is beginning to cause them pause.

    Since they both teach, drastic cuts in state funding to primary education could force them to consider relocating to another state like Texas or Colorado. Ohio, according to what they tell me, is readying the state back to return to a funding system ruled illegal by the Ohio Supreme Court in 1997. Tiered cuts will forces districts to rely on local funding to make up state cuts.

    Already class sizes are greater them 30 student per class.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    One could use I-70 as the demarcation line between a sane Ohio and the “Jethro Belt” of inbred knuckle-dragging morons. Thankfully, Czar Kashitch I seems to even be waking a few of THEM up. Persecuting cops and firefighters is a mistake for any Rushpubliscum who wants to continue to be successful.

    As for this district (yes, Junket John is my “representative,”) we’ve known about his corruption and boozing for years now. People don’t care. This district is as stupid as any of them in Alabama.

  7. One could use I-70 as the demarcation line between a sane Ohio and the “Jethro Belt” of inbred knuckle-dragging morons.

    Jethro Belt? FOFLMAO! I love that! Thank goodness Columbus is above the “Jethro Belt.” My Favorite Ohio city.

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