Some mod­est pro­pos­als on hous­ing the House

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Re­gard­ing the June 28 Metro ar­ti­cle “Chaf­fetz: Mem­bers of Congress should get stipends to af­ford homes in D.C.”:

I think for­mer con­gress­man Ja­son Chaf­fetz (RU­tah) was on to some­thing in want­ing to help mem­bers of Congress with hous­ing. How­ever, I’ve got an­other idea.

I pro­pose the con­struc­tion of a dor­mi­tory, maybe on the site of the old con­gres­sional ho­tel, that would pro­vide low-cost rooms for mem­bers of Congress. Po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tists of­ten crit­i­cize the lack of ci­vil­ity in Congress to­day based, in part, on mem­bers not spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether like in the old days. A dor­mi­tory would throw Repub­li­cans and Democrats to­gether and pro­vide bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Al­though their sched­ules are filled with of­fi­cial lunches and re­cep­tions in the evenings, maybe a board­ing­house break­fast could be pro­vided.

Per­haps, like at many col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, the newly elected would be re­quired to live in the con­gres­sional dorm to get bond­ing and ci­vil­ity go­ing from the very be­gin­ning of their con­gres­sional tenures.

Don DeAr­mon, Fred­er­ick

Here’s an idea for for­mer con­gress­man Ja­son Chaf­fetz (R-Utah): Rather than giv­ing mem­bers of Congress a hous­ing stipend, why don’t we pay them min­i­mum wage and pro­vide a low-in­come hous­ing voucher? And — be­cause they are “work­ing” — let’s add a food-stamp al­lot­ment. And if you re­ally want health care, just forgo that new iPhone. Try walk­ing a mile in those shoes.

Ray and Ellen Bat­tis­telli, Sil­ver Spring

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