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SQUEAL Act Would Cut Lawmakers' Tax Benefits

By    |   Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:44 AM

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill that she promised would make lawmakers "squeal" on Capitol Hill.

As first discussed during her 2014 Senate run, Ernst confirmed Tuesday she is moving ahead with the SQUEAL Act, which aims to cut certain benefits for members of Congress.

"There exists on the books a tax deduction specifically for members of Congress. They can deduct up to $3,000 of expenses from their taxes," Ernst said during an appearance on "Fox and Friends."

"Regular people out there can't apply for this, only legislators. So, we're fulfilling the commitment that I made to my citizens. Let's get rid of it."

The official name of the bill is the Stop Questionable, Unnecessary, and Excessive Allowances for Legislators Act. Ernst famously referenced the idea for the bill in a 2014 campaign ad:

"It brings us into parody with the citizens we represent," Ernst said Tuesday.

In September, Ernst introduced the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act, which would erase some of the perks given to former presidents as she tries to come up with ways to cut federal spending.

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