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What you paid
Taxpayers spent roughly $107 million – per week – on Congress.
Salaries of Members of Congress and their allowances/week:
Speaker of the House: $223,500/52 = $4,299
House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: ($193,400/52) x 4 = $14,877
Other Representatives and Senators: ($174,000/52) x 530 = $1,773,462
Allowance for staff salaries and misc: ($1,500,000/52) x 535 = $15,432,692
Non-salary money allocated for Congress: $4.656 billion/52 = $89,538,462
What you got
During the first month of the 112th Congress, the House adopted its rules package and voted on six other bills which could save taxpayers nearly $700 million. (Note: click on “House” link, then appropriate “Roll” vote number to see how your Member voted.)
A bill reducing federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions. BUDGETARY IMPACT: $617 million in savings
A resolution providing Capitol-flown flags for recipients of the Medal of Honor. BUDGETARY IMPACT: Unknown
A resolution calling on Congress to reduce spending through a transition to non-security spending at fiscal year 2008 levels. BUDGETARY IMPACT: $0 – resolution does not have the force of law
A bill repealing the 2010 health care law. BUDGETARY IMPACT: Unknown
Stop the OverPrinting [STOP] Act. BUDGETARY IMPACT: $35 million in savings over 10 years
A resolution reducing the amount authorized for salaries and expenses of Member, committee, and leadership offices in 2011 and 2012. BUDGETARY IMPACT: $35 million in savings
During the first month of the 112th Congress, the Senate voted on rules governing the chamber’s business and agreed to a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of Jan. 8, 2011 Tucson, Ariz. shooting.