April 14, 2017 The Vice-Presidential Budget? What? How Much?
Why does the Vice-President have an expense budget for breaking ties in the Senate? According to the current budget (2016-17), the VP has an expense budget of $18,760. Someone will have to explain this to me. The only responsibility which the VP has is in breaking ties when the vote is 50-50. That rarely happens, although it has already happened twice since the current administration took charge of the government.
Okay, let's say that it does cost him a few dollars to walk from the White House to the Senate (seriously?), but does that justify this expense allowance (regardless of whether he actually gets the money or spends it for something, maybe lunches)? Considering how much his salary and expense allowance is for being the actual Vice-President of the United States, I don't see how it is necessary to appropriate more for his Senate “work.”
The office of the Vice-President has a budget of, ready for this, $2,417,248! FOR WHAT? What does he do that justifies such a ridiculous budget. His salary is only $237,700. His security is paid through the Secret Service budget. I can see him having an administrative assistant or two, maybe three, and some office expenses. What else are the taxpayers paying for his upkeep? This looks like another example of our elected leaders being treated like royalty!
I'd like an accounting of this ridiculous use of our tax dollars, how about you?
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