There are so many things wrong with this. This is one of those "when did you stop beating your wife" kinds of questions. Or, "how many chickens should we allow the fox guarding the hen house to eat?" If they codify this practice, then the spending will increase so they don't "lose" money that wasn't theirs to begin with. And some politician whining about, "oh, we can't ask for more budget to pay staffers because it would be seen as", well... asking for more. How about our mental midgets in Washington come up with a plan like, "we'll all reduce our salary by X amount, we'll use a portion of MRA, pay staffers more AND put funds toward debt reduction." And, stop the ridiculous, irresponsible spending! But swine will never back away from the trough, and politicians will never stop buying votes or spending other people's money.