Charlie Rangel’s district office went all of 2013 without paying rent, and it’s Republicans’ fault, apparently. The New York Democrat blamed his complete financial mismanagement — which resulted in the state bailing him out for at least $87,000 — on last year’s sequester.
“As everyone knows, the GOP sequester not only constrained our nation’s economy, but also strained the budget of congressional offices,” said a Rangel spokeswoman, according to the New York Post. The automatic spending cuts went in to effect on March 1 of last year.
Rangel added that he wasn’t alone in falling behind in his rent, as fellow New York City Democrats Yvette Clark and Carolyn Maloney also failed to pay their rent.
“It’s not just my office,” he said. “It’s any office that had to take a cut that we didn’t ask for in our budget.”
The new rent and conditions of the district office’s latest lease are awaiting approval from the House Rules Committee.