Khanna Wants to SCRAP Perks for Former Members

Congressmen Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Ralph Norman (R-SC) introduced a bill that would eliminate several perks for former members of Congress. Members receive many benefits during their time in office, a number of which are still permanently available and in effect after they leave Congress. These include access to the House and Senate floors and gyms, healthcare benefits, and free parking on Capitol grounds. The Stop Congressional Retirees’ Accessing Perks (SCRAP) Act would end many of these benefits after members leave office. “These lifetime perks have to go, in order to clean up a Congress under the influence of special interests,” Khanna said. “By ending the access currently allowed to current members, like access to the House and Senate floors and member gyms and dining rooms, we can build a stronger democracy for and by the people, not former electeds.” Read more here.

Brenda Arredondo