Skip to comments.Some Say Late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Widow Should Forgo ($175,000) Death Benefits (/gift)
Posted on 10/19/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT by Libloather
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 dont think its right. I mean most us cant 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 years salary. Despite the cost some New Jersey residents felt that Lautenberg earned it for his family.
(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...
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.
That needs to stop. These people are making an obscene amount of money when you add up all the benefits.
No member’s survivors should get a dime. We can’t afford it.
Don’t forget the insider investment trading, something that is criminal in the private sector but permitted in DC.
They don’t even deserve a damn pension.
It’s all part of the ‘clean’ CR that Obama demanded.
And those are the people who keep electing Democrats.
They don’t have insurance? What is with these people being unable to plan?
No pension for anyone who serves more than two terms.
I don't think I could go through life named "Innocent Anyanw."
They do plan. They plan to take as much of your money as the laws allow, and they make the laws.
A Christian from Africa, speaking of people who vote Democrat.
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.
Yes he deserves a gift but more on the order of urination on his grave.
Yes and good drones don’t need to be re-educated in the camps.
Widow Lautenberg is rich as Croesus like her wealthy hypocrite gungrabbing hubby.
This is obscene!
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.
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?
She should not receive the money.
She could donate the money to a worthy cause and that would be HER decision and a good thing.
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.
“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!”
Contrast this to the measly $255 death benefit the government gives the peons. I’m sick of the elite ruling class.
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.
“Gimme dat! Gimme dat widow’s money!”
What a country...
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.
She should probably be jailed for being a conspirator in all of frank’s thefts from the public.
You’d think she could donate it back to the US. My goodness she must be ancient too.
And that’s only if there is a surviving spouse.
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