Did you get your Money’s Worth from Congress last week?
The House and the Senate returned from their August recess this week. Most of the action took place off the chamber floors, with the debt super-committee holding its first meeting and President Obama announcing a new $447 billion jobs program.
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 two bills and resolutions that have an unknown cost:
H.R. 1892, fiscal year 2012 Intelligence Authorization Act. COST: Unknown
H. Con. Res. 67, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. COST: None
The Senate passed a measure to increase the debt ceiling by $500 billion. The chamber also passed H.R. 1249, a bill to reform the patent system, which would save $725 million over 10 years, and confirmed Bernice Bouie Donald to be U.S. Circuit judge for the Sixth Circuit.