Did you get your money’s worth from Congress last week?

December 13, 2010

What you paid
Last week, taxpayers spent roughly $107 million 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
The House passed a $1.09 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through fiscal year 2011.

In addition to the omnibus spending bill, the House voted on 14 other bills or resolutions that will cost at least $17.2 billion (all costs over five years unless otherwise noted). (Note: click on “House” link, then appropriate “Roll” vote number to see how your Member voted.)

Access to Criminal History Records for State Sentencing Commissions Act of 2010. COST: UNKNOWN

Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act. COST: $17.2 BILLION

To amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes. COST: $0

To extend the Child Safety Pilot Program. COST: UNKNOWN

Recognizing the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to provide care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders. COST: $0

Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2010. COST: $0

Honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon. COST: $0

Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the National Council for International Visitors, and expressing support for designation of February 16, 2011, as Citizen Diplomacy Day. COST: $0

Expressing support for designation of 2011 as World Veterinary Year. COST: $0

Supporting the goal of eradicating illicit marijuana cultivation on Federal lands and calling on the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop a coordinated strategy to permanently dismantle Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating on Federal lands. COST: $0

Congratulating imprisoned Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo on being awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. COST: $0

Expressing support for the designation of March as National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. COST: $0

Recognizing the centennial of the City of Lilburn, GA, and supporting City of Lilburn Day. COST: $0

Designating the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 111 North 6th Street in St. Louis, MO, as the Earl Wilson, Jr. Post Office. COST: $0

The Senate rejected cloture on four bills, including the fiscal year 2011 Defense Authorization bill. The chamber also voted on four articles of impeachment for Judge G. Thomas Porteous of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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