Did You Get Your Money’s Worth From Congress Last Week?
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The House and Senate were in session last week. As noted below, neither chamber was very active. Fiscal cliff negotiations continued, but little progress was made during the work week. Last night USA Today reported, “In talks with President Obama, Republican House Speaker John Boehner offered to back raising the income tax rates for people making $1 million or more if Obama agreed to significant cuts in entitlement program spending, according to two sources close to the negotiations.”
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 voted to pass two bills:
- H.R. 4053, To intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending. SAVINGS: Unknown
- H.R. 6190, Asthma Inhalers Relief Act. COST: None
The Senate confirmed Lorna G. Schofield and John E. Dowdell to be district court judges.