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Rep Thomas Massie

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ex-Speaker John Boehner.  Photo Courtesy:  Massie Press

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ex-Speaker John Boehner. Photo Courtesy: Massie Press

U.S. Representatives Jones and Massie Introduce Bill to Cut Ex-Speaker Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4) introduced legislation to de-authorize the post-speaker office that retired speakers enjoy for up to five years after they leave office. The practice started in 1971 when former Speaker John McCormack retired. In the past 44 years, the perk has grown to include office allowances, franking privileges, and staff help for the former speaker. Former Speaker Dennis Hastert spent $1.9 million in taxpayer money running his post-speaker office. Meanwhile, he was making big money as a Washington, DC lobbyist

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Congressman Thomas  Massie

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie

and had the disposable income to pay $1.7 million to someone who was blackmailing him over allegedly molesting young boys.

“It is ridiculous that a former speaker needs 5 years and millions of taxpayer dollars to maintain an office in the Capitol building,” said Congressman Jones. “They are no longer a member of Congress. Upon leaving office, former speakers have access to many perks and opportunities, including government pensions, book deals, lobbying, speaking engagements, and consulting. If they want an office, they can pay for it themselves. We need to cut this unnecessary taxpayer-funded perk and deal with our $18 trillion debt.”

“I’m confident that when we get this legislation to the floor, every member of Congress will vote with us to eliminate this waste of taxpayer dollars,” Massie said.  “This week’s omnibus presents an immediate opportunity to defund the ex-speaker’s office, but the most probable vehicle is an amendment containing Mr. Jones’ legislation, that we can offer next summer during the appropriations debate,” he added.

Congressman Jones also sent a letter to Speaker Ryan today about the need to de-authorize to the post-speaker office.

SOURCE:   Congressman Walter B. Jones

Published on Dec 9, 2015

Congressman Jones (NC-3) and Congressman Massie (KY-4) give a press conference on their bill to de-authorize the post-speaker office former speakers of the House enjoy as a perk that costs the taxpayers $4 million over 5 years.



  • Global football stars Carles Puyol and Luis Figo inducted into Laureus World Sports Academy
  • ‘Carles and Luis are two great additions to our team, I know they are looking forward to supporting the work of Laureus’ – says Laureus Chairman Edwin Moses

MADRID – Global football legends Carles Puyol and Luis Figo have today been announced as the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. In their new roles, the two stars will volunteer their time to engage with the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which uses sport as the means to combat some of the toughest social challenges facing young people today.

Carles and Luis got straight to work, visiting Laureus-supported ‘Young Athletes’ project, based in Madrid. The project, which has been developed in partnership with Special Olympics Spain and


Carles Puyol, Edwin Moses , Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy and Luis Figo. Photo Courtesy: LAUREUS Sport for Good

Laureus since 2008, focuses on instilling hope and developing young people with disabilities.

Laureus Academy Member Carles Puyol , who won three Champions League trophies with Barcelona and achieved European Championship and World Cup glory with Spain, reflected on his visit:

Sport has given me so much throughout my life and being here today with the kids from ‘Young Athletes’ really shows the power sport can have to give young people hope. It’s an honour to join the Laureus World Sports Academy to work with legends from around the world, spreading the message that sport can do good .”

Having already been involved with Laureus as an Ambassador for several years, being invited to join the Academy is a great honour. I will do my best to continue working through the power of sport to achieve a positive change and to instil hope in young people around the world ,” said Laureus Academy Member Luis Figo , former Real Madrid and Barcelona star.

Edwin Moses , Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, was in Madrid to induct Luis and Carles into the Academy. He said: “Luis and Carles are two great additions to our team; it’s great to welcome them into the Laureus World Sports Academy. Having spoken to them I know they are passionate enthusiasts of sport for good and they’re looking forward to supporting the work the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation does around the world.”

Carles Puyol, considered one of the best central defenders in history, made his Barcelona debut in 1999, going on to play almost 600 matches, win 21 titles and captain the team for seven years. In 2000, Puyol represented the Spanish national team for the first time. Overall, he played 100 games, winning the European Championship in 2008 the World Cup in 2010.

Luis Figo played for both Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona in the early stages of his career, but made his biggest impact playing for Real Madrid, where he won many accolades including the Ballon d’Or in 2000, FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2001 and the Champions League in 2002.

The two stars join 53 other legends of the sporting world in the Laureus Academy, including a selection of the footballing greats including Manchester United and England legend Bobby Charlton, French World Cup and European Championship winner Marcel Desailly and Brazilian superstar Cafu.

Using sport as a means to influence change, The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation supports sport for development projects around the world. From surfing in Cape Town to Skiing on the slopes of the Austrian Alps, Laureus projects aim to combat a variety of issues including juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination and social exclusion.


Justice Scalia on African-American student admissions to UT Austin and “lesser schools”. (C-SPAN)

Published on Dec 11, 2015

Justice Scalia on African-American student admissions to The University of Texas at Austin and “lesser schools”


New education law shifts federal influence over public schools

Published on Dec 10, 2015

After years of debate, President Obama and Congress have finally agreed on a new education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor of No Child Left Behind, still requires annual testing of some students, but it does not give the federal government the power to impose penalties on underperforming schools. Alyson Klein of Education Week joins Judy Woodruff for a closer look.

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