Records show Mr Biden has collected more than $13,000 since April on the cottage in Greenville, a wealthy Wilmington suburb, and is eligible for up to $66,000 (£40,000) before the contract expires in 2013.
He said the proximity of the cottage to the Biden home allowed for extra tight security.
The cottage was lived in by Mr Biden’s mother before she died and then was rent commercially to a tenant for a year. When he moved out, the Secret Service took up the lease after renting other homes nearby.
Citizens Against Government Waste‘s Leslie Paige said the agency should do all it can to protect Mr Biden.
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“But this arrangement seems bizarre to me,” she added. “You’d think the vice president, who shepherded the deficit committee, would think twice about charging the Secret Service rent. Why would he need the money? I don’t get it.”
Last year, Mr Biden and his wife, Jill, reported earnings of $379,178, including $11,000 in income from the cottage………….