Rank and file members of Congress earn $174,000 a year, or $3,346 per week. For that money, last week got some pretty funny deleted Tweets (but no long-term plan to address the nation’s debt and deficit issues).
It was reported today that some members of Congress will oppose any continuing resolution to fund the government that keeps in place the bipartisan agreed to spending levels in the Budget Control Act of 2011, essentially committing to shut down the government if spending isn’t increased.
Lenwood Brooks, policy director at Public Notice, joins Mark Hahn on KSCJ Talk Radio to discuss the special treatment Congress is receiving when signing up on HealthCare.gov.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earns $193,400 a year, or $3,719 per week. What did Americans get for his taxpayer-supported salary last week?
The House of Representatives will vote today on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act), which would institute government-wide standards that will make it easier to track and report spending. The DATA Act is one of the key pillars of Public Notice’s campaign to end “Spend It or Lose It,” a flawed budgeting system that incentivizes exhausting all budgetary funds before the close of the fiscal year.
As U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earns $193,400 per year or $3,719 per week.
What did Americans get for that taxpayer-supported salary last week? Find out.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged lawmakers to hold her accountable for the disastrous rollout of the president’s healthcare law, but shocked many Americans when she insisted that “The website has never crashed.”
It took just two weeks and two days, but Congress and the White House agreed last week to a plan to raise the debt limit, provide funding for fiscal year 2014 – and reopen the federal government. (Actually, the deal took much longer to come together since lawmakers had known since the very beginning of this year that these issues would need to be addressed.)
According to Congressional Quarterly, “Wall Street analysts and ratings agencies warned lawmakers Tuesday they did not have much breathing room to pull the economy back from the brink if they do not reach a deal raising the country’s debt ceiling before Thursday. Joseph Lavorgna, chief U.S. economist for Deutsche Bank, said Congress would need to have an agreement in hand by Thursday to keep markets from panicking even if final votes on the agreement could come later.”
With the sequester spending cuts, entitlement reform, and perhaps even tax reform, on the table in the debt ceiling/fiscal year 2014 negotiations, it seems as if this struggle is indeed mostly about the proper role and size of government in general.