Congressmen Call for End to Special Exemptions Reformers Say Congress Should Have to Live by the Laws It Passes
John Dillin, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
ONE day last spring, federal safety inspectors descended on a place they normally are forbidden to go: the Congress of the United States.
By special invitation, inspectors poked through the offices of Rep. John Boehner (R) of Ohio. They found torn carpets ("trip hazards"), overloaded electrical outlets, improper lighting, and file cabinets that could easily tip over. They also detected indoor air pollution from copying machine fumes.
If Representative Boehner were a private businessman, he could have been fined $1,500. But Boehner, like other congressmen, is exempt from the safety rules, as well as many of the other laws that Washington imposes on most …
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