Congress Nobody Here but Us Chickens

Who kited checks at the House bank? Almost everybody, egg-faced lawmakers admit, and they vote to tell all.

If an ordinary citizen wrote a bad check, he could pay a penalty of up to $25 or face interest on the overdraft amount. Not so for the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who collectively kited at least 20,000 checks worth $10.8 million at their members-only bank over a three-year period. When the scandal broke last October, congressional leaders tried to shrug it off as a minor administrative snafu and closed the bank. But public outrage over abuse of privilege continued to mount, fueled by allegations of dope dealing at the House Post Office, unpaid bills at the exclusive...

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