Did you get your money’s worth from Congress last week? (May 10-16)

May 17, 2010

Please leave a comment indicating whether you believe you did or did not get your money’s worth from Congress last week.

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
The House passed seven bills or resolutions which will cost an unknown amount:

Express sympathy and condolences to those people affected by the flooding in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. COST: $0

Recognizing the significant accomplishments of AmeriCorps. COST: $0

Supporting the goals and ideals of National Womens’ Health Week. COST: $0

A bill to clarify the health care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that constitutes minimum essential coverage. COST: UNKNOWN

Supporting the goals and ideals of Peace Officers Memorial Day. COST: $0

Honoring William Earnest Ernie Harwell. COST: $0

Expressing support for designation of the first Saturday in May as National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day. COST: $0

The Senate continued to work through several amendments to the financial regulatory reform bill.

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