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Resign from Congress, keep your perks

Resign from Congress, keep your perks

Even if you leave Congress following (or in the middle of) a messy sex scandal, you get to keep plenty of the job's little bonuses.

Did you see former Rep. David Wu showing a young girl (awkward!) around the House floor before President Obama's jobs speech? Wu resigned back in July, but he still gets to wander around inside the Capitol. And that's just one of the few benefits a disgraced congressman gets to continue to enjoy, according to The Hill:

For example, ex- Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) can still use the House gym and exercise facilities, where at least one of the revealing and sexually suggestive pictures he took of himself, which circulated on the Internet and led to his resignation, appeared to have been taken.

Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who resigned earlier this year just weeks before a damning Senate Ethics report alleged that he had violated the upper chamber’s rules and federal lobbying laws, can still use the federal credit union and the members-only dining room.

Ex-lawmakers like former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who resigned after a Craigslist personal and photo of himself shirtless became public, retain space in the House parking lots and access to congressionally sensitive material from the Library of Congress.

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