We have programs that are double-, even triple-funded to do the same thing. Why? Because some congressman or senator wants their name on a legacy project.
And then we have the much-ballyhooed “congressional squatters.” These are congressmen that refuse to use the housing stipend they receive to rent a place in the D.C. area and instead pocket the money and sleep in their offices.
They usually claim it’s to keep them in the mindset of serving the people, but what is does is show a penny-wise and pound-foolish attitude. Due to these misers, Capitol Hill is forced to keep the heating, cooling, and electricity running 24/7, costing us taxpayers millions a year. They save themselves a few thousand by refusing to rent a crash pad with several other congressmen, and they cost the nation literally millions.