Friday, January 28, 2005
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Kerry Owes Massachusetts

Via Blogs for Bush: Kerry asked to give back Senate salary
The National Taxpayers Union wants former Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry, D-Mass., to return $91,000 in Senate pay for days he missed votes. Citing an obscure law, NTU, a taxpayers' watchdog organization, said Kerry's pay should be docked for the 146 days of Senate votes missed between January 2003 and October 2004 while he was campaigning for president. While Kerry's absentees are above the normal level, they are typical of lawmakers running for elections. It is not unusual for lawmakers in both the House and Senate to miss votes. Kerry tops a list of 25 senators and congressmen of both parties, most of whom were running for higher office or in tough re-election bids, listed as having missed more than 10 voting days in Congress during that time, the Boston Herald said Friday.