Labrador's Bid for House Leadership Includes Higher Salary, More Staff, Space, Security


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When, or even if, Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is successful in securing the post of House majority leader, the perks of the job will extend far beyond just more appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.

This morning's New York Times reports that outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is about to lose "a bump in salary, a large political staff, an elegant office suite on the second floor of the Capitol and a security detail" that in addition to providing safety, also serve as his personal chauffeurs.

Earlier this week, Idaho's 1st District congressman officially announced his candidacy for the position of House majority leader, in the wake of Cantor's loss in a GOP primary in his home state of Virginia.

The U.S. Capitol Police provides only congressional leadership with permanent security, a perk of the House majority leader position.

The Times reports that former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said his connection to the six officers who drove him around the capital in a black SUV was his "closest relationship" from his years in Congress.

According to the Times, Cantor had more than 25 people on his majority leader payroll. That's in addition to his own 20 regular staff members.

The House majority leader position also comes with approximately $20,000 more in annual salary.


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