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Republicans say EFF you poor babies,,,,free food/drink is only for congress

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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 This is the numbers from 2010...here is a link for 2013

http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=%270E%2C*PL[%3D%23P%20%20%0A

 

Congress' Food Tab: $604,000 for Bottled Water, $152 at Quiznos; Crave ribs? Bagels and coffee or doughnuts? Seafood, subs or Chinese? So does Congress!

House members spent part of their Members Representational Allowances (MRA's) on these items -- and more -- during the nine-month period between late 2009 and early 2010 covered by the Sunlight Foundation's House Expenditure Reports Database.

The info is highly enlightening, revealing, for instance, the popularity of Chantilly Donuts; what it costs to feed hungry congressional pages; and how lucrative it can be to own a part of the cottage industry of keeping our duly elected representatives fed and well hydrated.

According to the documents, one company in particular raked in the taxpayer dough: CapitolHost.

At least 61 legislators and 20 congressional offices used the CapitolHost catering service, to the tune of about $169,143. But that's only the tip of the iceberg salad, as you'll see below. To read more of AOL News' audit of Congress' expense reports, please visit the first installment in this series (link at site).

Note: Unfortunately, we can't tell you how many burgers your representative ate. The disbursements data only itemizes where the various offices spent their money, not what they bought. (Before going digital, the disbursements did in fact get that specific.)

The House's overall tab-----$2.6 million spent on food and beverages for reps and their staffers. $604K Spent on bottled water -- in 19,000 individual line items, many for Nestle's Deer Park water-delivery subsidiary

$397K Spent on catering -- CapitolHost is easily the largest caterer serving the House, though there's plenty to go around here $135K Spent on meals at restaurants of all shapes and sizes, including $152 at Quiznos

Who Ate All That Food? Congressional pages Don't Work on an Empty Stomach. One of the top overall food expenses was logged to FreedomPay, a company that makes it easy to buy food in the cafeteria without cash -- something that seems less necessary as an employee using a debit or credit card, but more so when you're a junior in high school.

The expense was tied to the Page Revolving Fund, set aside for all those teenagers who do congressional grunt work. (The fund also paid for a number of nonfood things like "resident activities" and piano maintenance.) Thanks to FreedomPay expenditures, the pages' office plunked down more for food than any other House office.$209,673 Amount spent by the Page Revolving Fund $140,027 Amount that went to FreedomPay -- by far the fund's biggest expense»

Other top food-purchasing offices: In second place is the Democratic Caucus, which spent more than half of its $193,557 in food expenditures on a weekend getaway at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Waaaaaaay behind that is the Office of the Speaker, which spent nearly three-quarters of its $83,341 in expenditures with Occasions Caterers.

Maybe it should be renamed the Chow-Down Committee? The House Committee on Foreign Affairs spent $40,479 on food, all of it on catering. The total was five times the amount spent by the next-hungriest committee, Homeland Security.

Which Party Is Hungrier? Because we wanted to compare the two parties' equivalent offices, we left the speaker out of it. The Office of the Speaker did, however, spend $83,341, most of it with one catering company. But beyond Nancy Pelosi, here's how offices common to both parties -- majority and minority leaders and whips, as well as party caucuses -- spent money on food:$298,734

Amount spent by the Democratic Party's largest offices -- the Democratic Caucus, the Office of the Majority Leader and the Office of the Majority Whip $202,927 Amount spent by the Republican Party's largest offices -- the Republican Conference, the Office of the Minority Leader and the Office of the Minority WhipWhat Democrats bought.

Call it a Staffers' Binge. Beyond the already-mentioned weekend getaway to Williamsburg, Va. (which cost $114,925), three top staffers -- two for the Democratic Caucus and one for the majority whip -- were reimbursed as individuals for $87,611. Those four items alone account for $202,536 of the total -- or nearly what the GOP's main offices spent. Other details:$985

The amount Democratic leadership spent on Chantilly Donuts $2,362

The amount Democratic leadership spent at Corner Bakery Cafe $4,543

The amount Democratic leadership spent with Coca-Cola EnterprisesWhat Republicans bought

Hard to say, as Most of it is hidden behind debit cards. The bulk of GOP reps' expenses -- around $144,146 -- was spent through Citibank, so there's no itemized data. Another $34,427, however, was spent with CapitolHost, by far the largest catering company they used. Other details: $2,076

The amount GOP leadership spent on Chantilly Donuts $9,374

The amount GOP leadership spent with coffee companies $4,651

The amount GOP leadership spent with Coca-Cola Enterprises


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Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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 The POTUS isn't trying to starve people to death

and his vacations aren't excessive...Bush's were though as well as his father

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously

 

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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And do you have the figures under pelosi's reign to compare?
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parentalrights1
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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Point is dont bitch about all the poor "leeches" and children eating on taxpayer money to survive and ignore rich ass old men using thousands to eat ribs and Quiznos

Not that damn hard to comprehend


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Millions on multiple vacations in one year isn't excessive? And who is actively TRYING to starve people to death? I said politicians. Not republicans, not democrats, politicians. They all spend like ass holes. I used Obama as an example because 1. He's a dem and 2. He's an easily identifiable figure vs some random democrat. This is not a who's president was the bigger asshole pissing contest. I didn't like either of the Bushes.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The POTUS isn't trying to starve people to death


and his vacations aren't excessive...Bush's were though as well as his father


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously

 


parentalrights1
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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This is where they all deflect and say "but "insert democrat figure here" does blah blah blah".

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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Represenatives get paid too much, and get too many perks:  Truth.

So, why not do something about it instead of finger pointing??  

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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ALL politicians do this. Not just Republicans. And that was my point. Not that hard to comprehend.


Quoting parentalrights1:

Point is dont bitch about all the poor "leeches" and children eating on taxpayer money to survive and ignore rich ass old men using thousands to eat ribs and Quiznos



Not that damn hard to comprehend




Quoting Lizard_Lina:

And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:43 PM

 I posted the link to the 2012 budget...it's pretty much the SAME

 

Quoting DSamuels:

And do you have the figures under pelosi's reign to compare?

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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 and not only did he NOT vote for this he said he will VETO it if it gets to his desk

His vacation is taking food off of ZERO peoples tables

Republicans latest vote will take FOOD off poor folks tables, veterans (around 100,000) and military families that rely on food stamps to feed their families

 

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Millions on multiple vacations in one year isn't excessive? And who is actively TRYING to starve people to death? I said politicians. Not republicans, not democrats, politicians. They all spend like ass holes. I used Obama as an example because 1. He's a dem and 2. He's an easily identifiable figure vs some random democrat. This is not a who's president was the bigger asshole pissing contest. I didn't like either of the Bushes.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 The POTUS isn't trying to starve people to death


and his vacations aren't excessive...Bush's were though as well as his father


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

And Obama spends millions on vacations. Point? All politicians spend frivolously

 


 

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