Just another example of political class privilege.
The Senate handbook says that upon the death of a senator who had been serving in office, “in the next appropriations bill, an item will be inserted for a gratuity to be paid to the widow(er) or other next- of-kin, in the amount of one-year’s compensation.”
Raise your hand if your company will pay your next of kin a year’s salary as a gratuity if you die. (This is on top of whatever insurance you have.)
Yeah, me neither.