AWOL in Senate, Kerry gets paid to do nothing

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    Presidential hopeful John F. Kerry [related, bio] has been a virtual no-show in the U.S. Senate over the past 14 months, but he hasn't missed a paycheck, even though a dusty federal law says some of his $158,000 salary should have been withheld.

    During his run for the presidency, Kerry has missed every one of the 2 roll call votes in the Senate this year and was absent for 292, or 64 percent of the roll call votes last year, according to a Herald review of Senate records.

    That means the Massachusetts senator has been away from his post in the Senate chamber for at least 128 days over the past 14 months.

    Kerry is not the only political truant. U.S. Sen. John Edwards [related, bio] (D-N.C.), the runner-up behind Kerry in the hunt for the Democratic nomination, has also missed every roll call this year and skipped 178, or 39 percent of the votes last year.

    Kerry, when the assets of his wife are included, is one of the wealthiest members of the Senate with a reported net worth somewhere between $198 million and $838 million. However, he and the other AWOL candidates have been spared the automatic paycuts called for in a long-ignored federal law passed in the 1850s.

    Section 39 of the United States Code Service requires the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to deduct daily pay from members for each day they are absent.

    The only legal excuse is if the senator or representative, or one of their family members, is ill, the law states.

    Dominick Ianno, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said he finds it ``offensive'' that Kerry is still receiving his full Senate pay.

    ``I think it's a slap in the face to every hard-working taxpayer who shows up to work every day to earn their pay,'' Ianno said. ``John Kerry [related, bio] is not showing up for work and he shouldn't get paid. He certainly doesn't need the money.''

    http://news.bostonherald.com/national/national.bg?articleid=1168
     
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    How much is the average attendance of senators?
     
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    I honestly don't know, but regradless of what the numbers are it doesn't mean it was right for Kerry to get paid for missing so much time.
     
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    it would mean that no senator is better than kerry(in terms of time) and make Ianno a hypocrite
     
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    Who's running for President of the USA? That certainly doesn't mean that those who aren't should get away with it, but it tells volumes about the character of a man who wants to lead our country.
     

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