V.P. Biden to Continue Charging Secret Service Rent on His Property

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By Allan Lengel

Despite catching flack from critics, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will continue to charge the Secret Service rent for a cottage on his Delaware property so they can protect him, the Washington Times reports.

The paper reports that a Nov. 2 purchase order shows Secret Service approved rent payments of $2,200 a month for the next 12 months.

The Washington Times reports that Biden has been charging the agency rent for a while.

The Washington Times reported that Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, questioned whether Biden should be charging Secret Service if he wants to keep promoting his image as a cost cutter trying to reduce government waste.

“If he’s into the symbolic gestures, this is where he ought to start. He should start literally in his own backyard,” Paige told the paper. “Let’s hear his rationale for why he can’t forgo this $26,000.”


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