Former presidents make millions from book deals and speaking engagements and most in the modern era are, well, rich. So should taxpayers continue to foot the bill for expenses like staff, office space and travel?
A few lawmakers say no. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa) want to revise the half-century-old Presidential Allowance Modernization Act, so a former president who makes over $600,000, would not receive any taxpayer money for expenses beyond their $200,000 pension. Last year, taxpayers paid $1.3 million for former president George W. Bush and $517,000 for Carter, including their pensions.
The act was originally enacted to “maintain the dignity” of the office, but in this day and age is that a serious concern?
Rep. Jason Altmire, (D-Pa), a sponsor of the bill
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah), one of the bill’s sponsors
Michael Genovese, professor, Political Science and Chair of the Institute for Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount University