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Some Say Late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Widow Should Forgo ($175,000) Death Benefits (/gift)
CBS Local ^ | 10/17/13

Posted on 10/19/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT by Libloather

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Lautenberg died in June after nearly three decades in the U.S. Senate. Many people would agree that he is owed a debt of gratitude but not everybody agrees that his widow Bonnie should receive $174,000, funded by taxpayers.

Lautenberg was worth nearly $60-million.

“I don’t think it’s right. I mean most us can’t afford death benefits like that. You know we would be happy to have a little bit saved just to bury ourselves,” Wayne resident Carol Dabaghian said.

The payoff was buried in the government shutdown bill. It is a death benefit that is almost always approved and is typically equal to one year’s salary. Despite the cost some New Jersey residents felt that Lautenberg earned it for his family.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benefit; cultureofcorruption; death; democratscandals; harryreid; lautenberg; milliondollarmarxist; mostethicalever; payola; pelosicongress; shutnado; widow
Benefit - or tax-free gift from the taxpayers?

Lawmakers under fire for $174,000 TAX FREE gift to widow of millionaire senator

The tax-free payment for the surviving relatives of members of Congress is a time-honored perk of public service in Washington. The gift is equal to the member's annual salary at their time of death, which in the New Jersey Democrat's case, was $174,000. The payment is written into the appropriations bill that has been approved by the House of Representatives. If the payment is approved by the Senate, as is expected, it would bring the total amount that Congress has given the families of deceased lawmakers to $2.6 million over the past decade, Fox News reports.

1 posted on 10/19/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

That needs to stop. These people are making an obscene amount of money when you add up all the benefits.


2 posted on 10/19/2013 3:32:22 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Libloather
Senators, It's Not Yours To Give
3 posted on 10/19/2013 3:33:20 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: McGavin999
That needs to stop. These people are making an obscene amount of money when you add up all the benefits.And all the lobbists under-the-table bribes and what ever they can steal.
4 posted on 10/19/2013 3:36:10 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Libloather

No member’s survivors should get a dime. We can’t afford it.


5 posted on 10/19/2013 3:36:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Parmy

Don’t forget the insider investment trading, something that is criminal in the private sector but permitted in DC.


6 posted on 10/19/2013 3:36:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: smoothsailing

They don’t even deserve a damn pension.


7 posted on 10/19/2013 3:37:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Libloather

It’s all part of the ‘clean’ CR that Obama demanded.


8 posted on 10/19/2013 3:38:21 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Libloather
... some New Jersey residents felt that Lautenberg earned it for his family.

And those are the people who keep electing Democrats.

9 posted on 10/19/2013 3:38:37 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: smoothsailing

They don’t have insurance? What is with these people being unable to plan?


10 posted on 10/19/2013 3:43:20 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: a fool in paradise

No pension for anyone who serves more than two terms.


11 posted on 10/19/2013 3:44:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Libloather
“He provided services to people while he was here. He’s entitled to it. He should get it,” Innocent Anyanw said.

I don't think I could go through life named "Innocent Anyanw."

12 posted on 10/19/2013 3:44:48 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about its implications.)
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To: Vermont Lt

They do plan. They plan to take as much of your money as the laws allow, and they make the laws.


13 posted on 10/19/2013 3:47:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: OldPossum

A Christian from Africa, speaking of people who vote Democrat.


14 posted on 10/19/2013 3:47:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: McGavin999
How wonderful that they passed this benefit in a congressional bill, as if it ccould not wait to go thru channels.

There are vets and vets' widows, of which I am one waiting 2 to 3 years for VA to get around to paying their benefits. We are waiting around for amounts like 800, 1200 per month, etc.

Meanwhile, VA has used hundreds of tax payer paid workers to work on VA union matters.

Can someone tell me WHAT in govt. works anymore for the people?

I beliee we are just drones to upkeep the elite.

vaudinev

15 posted on 10/19/2013 3:54:33 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: Libloather

Yes he deserves a gift but more on the order of urination on his grave.


16 posted on 10/19/2013 3:59:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: vaudine

Yes and good drones don’t need to be re-educated in the camps.


17 posted on 10/19/2013 4:00:15 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Tax-chick

Widow Lautenberg is rich as Croesus like her wealthy hypocrite gungrabbing hubby.

This is obscene!


18 posted on 10/19/2013 4:04:25 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Libloather

I don’t think Widow Lautenberg should be denied the benefit because she is rich.

But I agree that the various benefits that all Senators and Congresscritters get are far larger than they should be.

And that’s not even including all the kickbacks and money under the table.


19 posted on 10/19/2013 4:35:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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20 posted on 10/19/2013 4:50:23 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: elcid1970

If it was a life insurance contract, that would be one thing, but this is a gratuity. How could any of these people believe they deserve more from the taxpayer? How could they not be ashamed of themselves?


21 posted on 10/19/2013 4:53:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: Libloather

She should not receive the money.


22 posted on 10/19/2013 5:05:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Libloather

She could donate the money to a worthy cause and that would be HER decision and a good thing.


23 posted on 10/19/2013 5:21:21 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Libloather

What BS. I’m sure the communist had government paid life insurance. Wonder how much THAT paid out?

To give his wife another $174K of taxpayer money is just beyond the pale.


24 posted on 10/19/2013 5:51:44 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Tax-chick

“How could they not be ashamed of themselves?”

Liberals have no shame where their own conduct is involved. They only shriek “Have you no shame!!!?” at those who disagree with them.

Someone should say to Widow Lautenberg, “Filthy capitalist dollars? I thought you progressives never touch the stuff!”


25 posted on 10/19/2013 6:00:36 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: McGavin999

Contrast this to the measly $255 death benefit the government gives the peons. I’m sick of the elite ruling class.


26 posted on 10/19/2013 6:07:59 PM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: vaudine

Yes....it is true what you say.

It took 3 years for the VA to get the paperwork correct and start paying benefits to my father in-law which he earned going into France on D-Day in a glider and for his service landing in operation Market Garden.


27 posted on 10/19/2013 7:33:08 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Libloather

.

“Gimme dat! Gimme dat widow’s money!”

What a country...


28 posted on 10/19/2013 7:42:32 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: a fool in paradise

They should not get a pension while the country is in debt. And, they should serve only two terms: one in congress, and one in prison.


29 posted on 10/19/2013 7:50:08 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

She should probably be jailed for being a conspirator in all of frank’s thefts from the public.


30 posted on 10/19/2013 8:00:27 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Libloather

You’d think she could donate it back to the US. My goodness she must be ancient too.


31 posted on 10/19/2013 11:16:00 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: elcid1970
“Filthy capitalist dollars? I thought you progressives never touch the stuff!”

LOL! Excellent!

32 posted on 10/20/2013 3:23:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: ogen hal
How did a Senator amass a fortune of $60 million? By reading the Wall Street Journal and investing like Hillary?
33 posted on 10/20/2013 10:08:35 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Catsrus

And that’s only if there is a surviving spouse.


34 posted on 10/24/2013 8:29:06 AM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq (Teresa Davis)
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