Sen. Joni Ernst thinks “it’s time” for American taxpayers to stop funding excessive perks received by former U.S. presidents.
The Iowa Republican is calling for a cap on the allowances she sees as extra when former presidents leave the White House.
“What we see now is a situation where our former presidents have book deals, they have speaking engagements, and they are paid quite liberally in those areas,” Ernst told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday.
“The American taxpayer shouldn’t be subsidizing for these personal office spaces,” she stated. “It’s time we do something about that,” she added.
Ernst along with Georgia Rep. Jody Hice reintroduced a bill this year to roll back on these costs and cap the amounts awarded to former presidents.
Currently, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all receiving over $1 million in taxpayer-funded benefits, with Obama topping the list at $1,153,000.
Ernst is “very hopeful to get it over the finish line.”
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade also asked the senator if she was concerned about President Trump’s budget deal with Democrats affecting the tax reform debate.
“I don’t have anxiety over that,” Ernst said. “As long as we are steering that conversation.”
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