On the Daily Show, Gates piled on, calling Congress “venal and small.”
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren are, with few exceptions, venal.
The stereotypical congressperson is venal, petty, self-interested, and oblivious to the consequences of his or her actions.
1650s, "offered for sale, capable of being obtained for a price," from French vénal, from Latin venalis "that is for sale," from venum (nominative *venus) "for sale," from PIE root *wes- "to buy, sell" (cf. Sanskrit vasnah "purchase money," vasnam "reward," vasnayati "he bargains, haggles;" Greek onos "price paid, purchase," oneisthai "to buy").