A group of mostly Republican freshman House members have decided to show their disdain for Washington by sleeping in their offices. The six GOP members and one Democrat join several other members of Congress who have been sleeping in federal buildings for years, The Washington Post reported
Tea party favorite Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., said, "I live in McHenry, Illinois. I do not live in Washington, D.C. This city is seductive. Many of the freshmen will probably turn. But I won't. I came here to be a model of this kind of representation," he told the Post.
Other gestures being made by new members include refusing to participate in the federal health plan available to members of Congress to show their dislike of Obamacare, giving back part of their salary, and attempting to get out of the pension system, the Post said, noting that members make $174,000 a year.
The sleeping in the House office building gesture has come under scrutiny. Some argue that doing so costs taxpayers money for increased electricity costs and use of showers. A watchdog group is even questioning its legality, the Post said.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have requested the congressional ethics office to investigate the matter. The say the practice may violate tax laws by “failing to report lodging as a taxable fringe benefit.”
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