You're right, nothing came of it. I did some further reading.I know there has been talk in recent years of a housing allowance but I don't think they actually did anything about it.
I think that is a rather naive viewpoint, but since we're straying from RKBA I'll just leave it at that.One good way to reduce the influence and reliance on lobbyists would be to create a big budget for congressional staffers. As it stands now a lot of them are young and come from well off families who can afford to eat the cost of living gap. After a number of years they take off for greener pastures. This situation helps foster an environment where lobbyists are leaned on for a lot of expertise on issues so you end up with more things that generally favor the more influential players. That many of those lobbyists are themselves former legislators is indeed yet another problem.