11 Mar 2004 Deadbeat Watch
Among the paragons who are shocked, just shocked, that some Judiciary Committee staffers read some non-password protected computer files of other Judiciary Committee staffers may be some who are stealing food and services from the taxpayers.
According to a March 10 article in Roll Call (paid subscription required), the U.S. Senate Restaurants “experienced more than $678,000 in sales losses in fiscal 2003. While that amount is significantly less than the $1.2 million loss posted in fiscal 2002, it is still nearly double the losses of $351,000 and $388,000 reported in fiscal 2001 and 2000, respectively.”
The audit says “if losses from operations continue, the [restaurant] fund will continue to require [taxpayer-supplied] financial support to maintain operations…”
That’s the first interesting point: That taxpayers have been subsidizing the Senators’ food. Now it gets even more interesting:
“The audit also shows that those customers allowed to run a tab — Senators, former Senators and certain officials — often fail to pay their bill on time. In fiscal 2003, the restaurants billed $189,545 to the ‘customer accounts’ of which than $88,000, about 47 percent, was paid back within a 30-day period. Nearly $27,000 in charges remained outstanding after 60 days and an additional $65,000 remained outstanding after 90 days.”
(That wording is a little confusing. Comparing the text to a chart in the newspaper, it appears that the $27,000 figure refers to accounts 60-90 days old and the $65,000 figure to accounts 90 days or more old.)
So, there are Senators, former Senators, and “certain officials” who haven’t paid their resturant bills in months.
1) Name them all. In public.
2) Dock pay/pension payments for unpaid bills over 30 days old from now on.
3) File charges for “improper retrieval.” (See “Wuss Watch” below)