Sen. David Vitter could have a tough vote ahead. The Louisiana Republican, who weathered a prostitution scandal in 2007, is the target of a new bill that would prevent him, and other senators who have come under ethics scrutiny for soliciting prostitutes, from getting health insurance subsidies by virtue of his Senate employment.
It seems the upcoming health care bill amendment is heading to a vote in the Senate. It's pretty clear what it's intended to do -- what should have been done before -- punish the irresponsible behavior of Vitter.
(iv) LIMITATION. -- No employee contribution payable under section 8906 of title 5, United States Code, with respect to health insurance coverage under this subparagraph, may be provided on behalf of an individual who the relevant congressional ethics panel has probable cause to determine has engaged in the solicitation of prostitution.
This visit to hooker-land could end up costing David V a few pennies if this gets voted in.
...the government has contributed to the Vitter family's health insurance since 1999, basing its estimate on 75 percent of the standard monthly premium, which is the limit on the Hill. The total, provided to HuffPost: $112,624.88.
That's a lot of money to go off makin' whoopee. So perhaps the lesson that the Louisiana Senator will learn from this legislation is that the next time you have the urge, don't call the Madam. It's cheaper to just go "F" yourself.