Did you get your Money’s Worth from Congress last week?

Money's Worth | July 18, 2011

Both the House and Senate were in session last week. In addition to the measures outlined below, the White House and Congress continued behind-the-scenes negotiations to try to hammer out a deal to raise the statutory debt limit and reduce the budget deficit. As of Friday, no deal had been reached.

It’s also worth noting, according to The Hill, in the debate on the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water spending bill, the House rejected several proposals to reduce spending.

What you paid
Last week taxpayers spent roughly $107.8 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

Average budget for Members of Congress: ($1,600,000/52) x 535 = $16,461,538

Non-salary money allocated for Congress: $4.656 billion/52 = $89,538,462

What you got
The House
voted for four bills that would cost the federal government more than $31.3 billion over the next five years:

H.R. 2354, Fiscal year 2012 energy and water spending bill. COST: $30.6 billion

H.R. 2018, Amending the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the States water quality standards. COST: no “significant impact on EPA’s budget”

H.R. 2417, Better Use of Light Bulbs Act. SAVINGS: $30 million over 5 years

H.R. 1309, Reauthorizing the national flood insurance program, to achieve reforms to improve the financial integrity and stability of the program, and to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risk. COST: $749 million over 5 years

The Senate again invoked cloture on S. 1323, “A bill to express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit…” The chamber also began work on the fiscal year 2012 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill.

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3 Responses to Did you get your Money’s Worth from Congress last week?

  1. Mark Bruns says:

    I am a Libertarian but I am not a MORON! Let’s think about what government does … let’s not propose idiotic solutions.

    $107.8 million is less than 36c per citizen.

    The bills they voted for (i.e. the ones that will cost $31.3B over the next five years) will cost each citizen an average of $20.39 per year … just over a nickel per day … for safe nuclear power, for safe water, for flood control and navigable rivers … this is stuff that ONLY government can do; there are NOT free market solutions for this stuff.

    Read the announcement …. http://appropriations.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=252184

    The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities.

  2. Mark Bruns says:

    I am a Libertarian but I am not a MORON! Let’s think about what government does … let’s not propose idiotic solutions.

    $107.8 million is less than 36c per citizen.

    The bills they voted for (i.e. the ones that will cost $31.3B over the next five years) will cost each citizen an average of $20.39 per year … just over a nickel per day … for safe nuclear power, for safe water, for flood control and navigable rivers … this is stuff that ONLY government can do; there are NOT free market solutions for this stuff.

    Read the announcement …. http://appropriations.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=252184

    The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities.

  3. Mark Bruns says:

    I am a Libertarian but I am not a MORON! Let’s think about what government does … let’s not propose idiotic solutions.

    $107.8 million is less than 36c per citizen.

    The bills they voted for (i.e. the ones that will cost $31.3B over the next five years) will cost each citizen an average of $20.39 per year … just over a nickel per day … for safe nuclear power, for safe water, for flood control and navigable rivers … this is stuff that ONLY government can do; there are NOT free market solutions for this stuff.

    Read the announcement …. http://appropriations.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=252184

    The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities.

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