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The Senate was not in session.
The House continued work on the FY 2013 appropriations bills. The chamber passed the spending bill for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs by a vote of 407 to 12. The bill sets out $146.4 billion in spending for those programs for FY 2013. The chamber also began work on the energy and water spending bill. The chamber has not yet voted on passage, but took up several amendments to adjust the overall spending amounts in the bill. Included in these votes were three to cut spending that failed:
- An amendment to reduce the Department of Energy, Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account by $1.451 billion and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
- An amendment to reduce funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $74 million and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
- An amendment to reduce funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $335 million and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
What you paid
Last week taxpayers spent roughly $100 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 weekly budget for all House offices: ($1,446,009/52) x 435 = $2,096,421
Average weekly budget for all Senate offices: ($3,409,093/52) x 100 = $6,555,958
Non-salary money allocated for Congress: $4.656 billion/52 = $89,538,462
What you got
In addition to the legislation above, the House voted to pass four bills or resolutions, which would cost taxpayers approximately $200 million over 10 years:
- H.R. 5743, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. COST: $525 million over 5 years (estimate is only for unclassified spending)
- H.R. 915, Jamie Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act. COST: $48 million over 5 years
- H.R. 4201, Service Member Family Protection Act. COST: “No effect” on spending
- H.R. 5651, Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012. SAVINGS: $370 million reduction in the deficit
The Senate did not cast any votes.