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Your Taxpayer Dollars Could Pay For Rep. Eric Massa’s Funny Bones

To settle complaints from Congressional staffers and other federal employees, the federal government has doled out almost $1 million a year (in the last 14 years) of your taxpayer dollars. Those sums include some $830,000 to resolve 13 cases in 2009 alone. What percentage of your paycheck is going to take care of Rep. Eric Massa’s tickling? “Quite often, the harassment cases, after a secretive mediation process, can land staffers retroactive raises, vacation time and cash payouts for their perceived pain and suffering. … In the meantime, the process of settling workplace complaints remains secretive and byzantine, allowing members of Congress to quietly agree to cash payouts to settle cases and to keep potentially career-ending scandals under wraps.”