Did you get your money’s worth from Congress last week?

Money's Worth | August 30, 2010

What you paid
Last week, taxpayers spent roughly $107 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
Allowance for staff salaries and misc
: ($1,500,000/52) x 535 = $15,432,692

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

What you got

Members of the House and Senate were home for their nearly six week “August Recess.” But don’t worry (or do worry?), they’ll be back September 13.

Many lawmakers are documenting their summer travel on their Facebook pages. See if you can find your member and then head on over to our Facebook page to tell us what they’re doing and whether you’re getting your money’s worth this August.

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3 Responses to Did you get your money’s worth from Congress last week?

  1. Vern says:

    I sure would like to see term limits on these guys. Too many of them are “lifers”, and are in it for the money instead of being committed to improving our country. If they had a limited timeframe to leave their mark, perhaps they might give it more effort. Instead, it seems like they are milking it.

  2. Vern says:

    I sure would like to see term limits on these guys. Too many of them are “lifers”, and are in it for the money instead of being committed to improving our country. If they had a limited timeframe to leave their mark, perhaps they might give it more effort. Instead, it seems like they are milking it.

  3. Vern says:

    I sure would like to see term limits on these guys. Too many of them are “lifers”, and are in it for the money instead of being committed to improving our country. If they had a limited timeframe to leave their mark, perhaps they might give it more effort. Instead, it seems like they are milking it.

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