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

December 6, 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 plan to extend some of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and also passed a continuing resolution on Wednesday to keep the government running for another two weeks.

In addition to those pieces of legislation, the House voted on 16 other bills or resolutions that will cost nearly $9.1 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.)

Expressing support for designating May as Child Advocacy Center Month and commending the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. COST: $0

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. COST: $9.056 BILLION

To amend section 17 of the National School Lunch Act to include a condition of receipt of funds under the child and adult care food program. COST: $0

Expressing the sense of the House that a National Day of Recognition for Parents of Children with Special Needs should be established. COST: $0

Expressing support for designating October as National Work and Family Month. COST: $0

Supporting the goals and ideals of National GEAR UP Day. COST: $0

Commending the City of Jacksonville, AR for its outstanding support in creating a unique and lasting partnership with Little Rock Air Force Base. COST: $0

Honoring Fort Drum soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division. COST: $0

Honoring golf legend Juan Antonio Chi Chi Rodriguez for his commitment to Latino youth programs. COST: $0

Condemning North Korea in the strongest terms for its unprovoked military attack against South Korea on November 23, 2010. COST: $0

Supporting the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust survivors in the U.S. are able to live with dignity, comfort, and security. COST: $0

Honoring the National Guard on its 374th anniversary. COST: $0

Recognizing the exemplary service and sacrifice of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, the 349th Air Mobility Wing, the 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, and the 615th Contingency Response Wing at Travis Air Force Base, CA. COST: $0

To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for Chilean earthquake victim relief, and to extend the period from which contributions for Haitian earthquake relief victims may be accelerated. COST: $1 MILLION

Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. COST: $0

To designate the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 655 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, as the Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, United States Marine Corps Post Office Building. COST: $0

The Senate passed the continuing resolution mentioned above on Thursday. It also passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which will cost approximately $1.4 billion between 2011 and 2015. The Senate failed to invoke cloture on a plan to extend some of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

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6 Responses to Did you get your money's worth from Congress last week?

  1. J R Curtis says:

    No wonder we have a deficit! Pretty much useless, except for wasting money!

  2. J R Curtis says:

    No wonder we have a deficit! Pretty much useless, except for wasting money!

  3. J R Curtis says:

    No wonder we have a deficit! Pretty much useless, except for wasting money!

  4. Do you object to feeding children or should they go hunger because of whom they where born to? I support the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and so will all right thinking Americans

  5. Do you object to feeding children or should they go hunger because of whom they where born to? I support the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and so will all right thinking Americans

  6. Do you object to feeding children or should they go hunger because of whom they where born to? I support the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and so will all right thinking Americans

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