Did you get your Money’s Worth from Congress last week?
Late last Sunday (July 31) Congressional and White House negotiators finally reached a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling and cut the budget deficit. Lawmakers voted on the bill, and the President signed it, early in the week. Congress then promptly adjourned for its August recess.
Check below to see what else Congress did last week.
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
In addition to the debt ceiling deal mentioned above, the House voted on four bills that would cost federal taxpayers at least $9 million over 5 years.
H.R. 2480, Administration Conference of the United States Reauthorization Act of 2011. COST: $9 million over 5 years
H.R. 1933, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas. COST: None
H.R. 398, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status. COST: “Insignificant”
H.R. 2715, To provide the Consumer Product Safety Commission with greater authority and discretion in enforcing the consumer product safety laws. COST: Unknown
Last week the Senate only voted on the debt ceiling deal.