November 22nd, 2008
02:09 AM ET
9 years ago

Congressman to camp out in Capitol

Freshman lawmakers struggle to find affordable housing.

Freshman lawmakers struggle to find affordable housing.

(CNN) - Newly-minted Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz, like many freshman members of Congress, is trying to get settled in before the new session begins. That means quickly getting assigned an office and finding a place to live when in Washington.

To defray costs on housing in DC, some lawmakers choose to room together and split rent. Others find small, basement apartments.  Low-end spaces in D.C. run about $1,400 per month.

But Chaffetz has another idea: a cot.

He plans to camp out in his office and shower at the gym in the House.

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Lucky for Chaffetz, he drew a low number in the office lottery this morning, which means he'll have his pick of available offices.

"I can look for ones with windows," says Chaffetz. "That's important when you're going be sleeping there."

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