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Lawmakers Sleeping In Their Offices May Violate Ethics Rules, Congressional Black Caucus Finds

The Congressional Black Caucus has called for an investigation into lawmakers habitually using their office as a sleeping area instead of solely for work, citing the waste of taxpayers' dollars. Late last year, around 24 Democrats reported to the Ethics Committee that too many lawmakers were using their offices as if they were hotels.


A letter to Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks read:

Members who sleep overnight in their offices receive free lodging, free cable, free security, free cleaning services, and utilize other utilities free of charge in direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes.

Others have expressed that, with the #MeToo movement bringing light to the habitual sexual harassment in Washington, congressmen sleeping in their offices exacerbates a climate of discomfort for women.

Constituents took to Twitter to have their say:

Others didn't see the problem:

Some people even floated the idea of a Congressional dorm:

While highly-paid lawmakers using their offices as a free living space may be ethically questionable, Paul Ryan and others have said it's a common practice and one they don't intend to cease.