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

Money's Worth | August 8, 2011

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.

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

  1. Tmmprice says:

    They put this country further into debt and most likely will not be around to see the additional destruction they have wreaked on this country in the years to come. I do not see how they are given their allowances. Just like children who successfully complete chores to earn their allowance, Congress must do the same before they get paid theirs.

  2. Tmmprice says:

    They put this country further into debt and most likely will not be around to see the additional destruction they have wreaked on this country in the years to come. I do not see how they are given their allowances. Just like children who successfully complete chores to earn their allowance, Congress must do the same before they get paid theirs.

  3. Tmmprice says:

    They put this country further into debt and most likely will not be around to see the additional destruction they have wreaked on this country in the years to come. I do not see how they are given their allowances. Just like children who successfully complete chores to earn their allowance, Congress must do the same before they get paid theirs.

  4. Sobah1990 says:

    OVER 89.5 MILLION PER WEEK FOR “NON SALERY ALLOCATIONS ? WTF IS THAT ABOUT . WE ALL NEED TO WAKE UP ! THIS IS A GREAT POST . WHOEVER POSTED IT ON FB , PLEASE , KEEP IT UP!

  5. Sobah1990 says:

    OVER 89.5 MILLION PER WEEK FOR “NON SALERY ALLOCATIONS ? WTF IS THAT ABOUT . WE ALL NEED TO WAKE UP ! THIS IS A GREAT POST . WHOEVER POSTED IT ON FB , PLEASE , KEEP IT UP!

  6. Sobah1990 says:

    OVER 89.5 MILLION PER WEEK FOR “NON SALERY ALLOCATIONS ? WTF IS THAT ABOUT . WE ALL NEED TO WAKE UP ! THIS IS A GREAT POST . WHOEVER POSTED IT ON FB , PLEASE , KEEP IT UP!

  7. mike says:

    Do nothing congress is the label they need. Term limits will bring heart back to Washington. Booo!!!

  8. mike says:

    Do nothing congress is the label they need. Term limits will bring heart back to Washington. Booo!!!

  9. mike says:

    Do nothing congress is the label they need. Term limits will bring heart back to Washington. Booo!!!

  10. T.S. says:

    On an International level – it’s an embarrassment. It’s like having the most expensive, yet dysfunctional health care system in the world. Congress is severely over-paid and seems to operate in the best interests of the lobbyists and campaign supporters (i.e., the super-wealthy). An over-haul is long over-due.

  11. T.S. says:

    On an International level – it’s an embarrassment. It’s like having the most expensive, yet dysfunctional health care system in the world. Congress is severely over-paid and seems to operate in the best interests of the lobbyists and campaign supporters (i.e., the super-wealthy). An over-haul is long over-due.

  12. T.S. says:

    On an International level – it’s an embarrassment. It’s like having the most expensive, yet dysfunctional health care system in the world. Congress is severely over-paid and seems to operate in the best interests of the lobbyists and campaign supporters (i.e., the super-wealthy). An over-haul is long over-due.

  13. Davegibson says:

    You know, I think I would like a government that actually does nothing. It would cost us less. Every time they do something it costs and hurts people and not always just here. I would like to see the governemt officials make minimum wage and pay the military SOLDIERS $100+k for putting their life on the line and protecting us from threats. The government creates threats. This is insane.

  14. Davegibson says:

    You know, I think I would like a government that actually does nothing. It would cost us less. Every time they do something it costs and hurts people and not always just here. I would like to see the governemt officials make minimum wage and pay the military SOLDIERS $100+k for putting their life on the line and protecting us from threats. The government creates threats. This is insane.

  15. Davegibson says:

    You know, I think I would like a government that actually does nothing. It would cost us less. Every time they do something it costs and hurts people and not always just here. I would like to see the governemt officials make minimum wage and pay the military SOLDIERS $100+k for putting their life on the line and protecting us from threats. The government creates threats. This is insane.

  16. Winston Smith says:

    I wanna puke

  17. Winston Smith says:

    I wanna puke

  18. Winston Smith says:

    I wanna puke

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