Here's How Much We're Paying for Congress' Cars
63 House members spend $461,330 a year on auto leases
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 7, 2014 8:45 AM CDT
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, seen in this file photo, pays $1,318.97 a month for his two car leases out of his office budget.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

(Newser) – When the House voted against raising its own pay last week, it also quietly voted to keep a cherished perk: taxpayer-funded car leases. Rep. Rich Nugent had offered an amendment to disallow the practice, but it lost by 20 votes, the Washington Post reports. "Today, members of Congress can lease Lexuses, BMWs, Infinities, Mercedes," Nugent argued. "Does that send a message to our folks back home that this is the right way to do it?"

How much is all this costing? Jamie Dupree at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution dove into the numbers and found that 63 reps (38 Democrats and 25 Republicans) use the allowance, spending $461,330 per year, and an average of $610.23 per month each. The biggest spender is Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who dishes out $1,319 a month for two vehicles. But Neugebauer defended the expense to KFYO, citing the size of his district. "We drive our vehicles a lot of miles," he said.

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May 9, 2014 7:20 PM CDT
Where are the off sets going to come from to pay for this uh. Yeah right.
May 8, 2014 7:54 AM CDT
ALL of them should be forced to lease lousy GM cars seeing as the government bailed them out when they should have allowed the bankruptcies to occur. That said, with the waste, fraud and abuse of said bailout funds, GM ought to be forced to provide local police and fire departments with free vehicles for the next 10 years.
May 8, 2014 6:16 AM CDT
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) doesn’t even lease a car; he leases a trailer for $800 per month and uses it as a "Mobile Constituent Service Center." This expense should be limited to passenger cars and capped at $400 per month, any other lease should be paid solely from campaign funds.