Did You Get Your Money’s Worth From Congress Last Week?
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Capitol Hill was very quiet last week. The Senate only cast four votes – two on the proposed farm bill reauthorization. One of the votes – an amendment to get rid of the federal sugar subsidy program - would have saved taxpayers $1 billion a year. The Senate voted to table the amendment on a vote of 50 to 46. The Senate also rejected an amendment to reduce spending on the food stamp program by allocating funds to the U.S. states via block grants. That measure would have saved taxpayers $23.6 billion.
The House was not in session last week; the chamber will reconvene on Monday.
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
The House was not in session.
In addition to the votes above, the Senate reached cloture on the nominations of Mari Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador and Andrew David Hurwitz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.