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12-08-2015, 05:17 PM

Dec 8, 2015

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, December 9, Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Thomas Massie (KY-4) will hold a press conference on their bill to de-authorize the office allowances, franking privileges, and staff help that former speakers of the House enjoy when leave office. The practice has been used by speakers of both parties at the expense of the taxpayer. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert’s post-speaker office cost taxpayers $1.9 million over five years, but could have cost up to $4 million. Former Speaker Boehner and future retired speakers will also enjoy these office allowances unless Congress de-authorizes the program.

Wednesday, December 9 at 9:00 AM:

Press conference on the bill to de-authorize the post-speaker office.

Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3)
Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4)

Wednesday, December 9 at 9:00 AM

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12-08-2015, 09:00 PM
Well, it's small but you have to keep pecking away. Good on two of my favorite people in office.

12-08-2015, 09:03 PM
Well we'll see if Paul Ryan will put our money where his mouth is.

12-09-2015, 10:36 AM
Jones, Massie: Closing Ex-Speaker’s Office Not About Boehner

By Lindsey McPherson
Dec. 9

Reps. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., plan to introduce a bill on Wednesday to eliminate a perk that allows former speakers to set up a government-funded office with as many as three aides.

“I’m going out on a limb here, but I think if we could get this bill to the floor that every member of Congress would vote with us to eliminate this program,” Massie said.

“The vehicle for doing that is the omnibus. If they so choose, they could defund this in the omnibus this week, but the probable vehicle is this summer in the appropriations cycle — Walter and I will offer an amendment,” he added.

Massie and Jones said they were unaware that former speakers were afforded taxpayer-funded offices after resigning from Congress until Roll Call reported on Speaker John A. Boehner’s plans for his post-speaker office in November.



12-13-2015, 05:45 PM
Two Conservative Lawmakers Are Still Trying To Get Rid Of John Boehner
He's not the speaker anymore, but he still gets some taxpayer-funded perks.

by Matt Fuller
12/09/2015 12:08 pm ET

WASHINGTON -- Like the smoke stains in his old office, former Speaker John Boehner isn't really going anywhere -- at least not as far as the taxpayer is concerned.

Under congressional rules, the former speaker is allowed to keep a Capitol Hill office at taxpayer expense for five years, complete with franking privileges, a budget for office furnishings and three staffers making six-figure salaries.

"I guess they're going to pay for his toilet tissue too," said Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.), who is introducing a bill with Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) to deauthorize the so-called post-speaker office.

Jones and Massie held a sparsely attended press conference Wednesday morning -- The Huffington Post was the only outlet present -- to call for an end to the post-speakership perk. And while the apparently ongoing conservative crusade against Boehner wasn't enough to motivate the rest of the congressional press corps to brave a 9 a.m. outdoor news conference in December, Jones and Massie had fun at an event where members of Congress outnumbered the press. "This is already better attended than most of my Capitol Hill fundraisers," Massie quipped.

Jones and Massie were two of the Republicans leading the charge to overthrow Boehner, and both have been relegated to the fringe of the House GOP. But both insist this effort to wean Boehner's staff from the government tit is more about the budget than the man.

"This is not about John Boehner," Jones said. "This is about the taxpayers' money."


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12-13-2015, 06:00 PM


12-13-2015, 06:04 PM
Boehner Gets Hill Digs, Hundreds of Thousands in Benefits. Two Conservatives Want to Change That.

Philip Wegmann
December 09, 2015

John Boehner might be out of a job. But by law, the former House speaker still will enjoy a Capitol Hill office complete with a full-time staff, all on the taxpayer’s tab.

Two conservative lawmakers are trying to change that.

Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Thomas Massie, R-Ky., were set to introduce legislation today to deny Boehner those benefits, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Taxpayers could be on the hook for millions, Massie says.

Current federal law provides funding for a former House speaker to maintain office space and staff to wrap up business related to his tenure.

In an interview, Massie told The Daily Signal that Boehner’s presence would neither be “welcome nor helpful.”

The Kentucky Republican said Boehner led the House “from one crisis to the next” and left the nation with a looming budget crisis “that was completely of his manufacturing.”

“After that, I would hope he has nothing to do with the goings-on here of Congress, because we want to do away with the way he did things,” Massie said.


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10-02-2016, 01:43 PM
Boehner to Close Taxpayer-Funded Hill Office
Now on K Street, ex-speaker gives up controversial perk

Kate Ackley
Sep 21, 2016

Former House Speaker John Boehner plans to shut down his taxpayer-funded office on Capitol Hill by Oct. 31, the one-year anniversary of his departure from Congress, his spokesman said Wednesday.

The Ohio Republican, who announced Tuesday he was joining the global lobbying and law firm Squire Patton Boggs, had taken advantage of a little-known perk for former House speakers who have been entitled since 1970 to a post-congressional office for up to five years.

Boehner’s main taxpayer-funded employee, Amy Lozupone, who had served as director of administrative operations in his speaker’s operation, will join her boss at Squire Patton Boggs.

“Speaker Boehner notified House officials recently that his intent is to close the office in Longworth by October 31, 2016,” Boehner spokesman said by email.


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