Did You Get Your Money’s Worth From Congress Last Week?

The House and Senate returned from their August recess last week.

There are very few legislative days left before the election and Congress is not planning to pass any major legislation outside of a continuing resolution (which the House passed last week) before November.

The see how little, check our list below.

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

In addition to the six-month $1 trillion continuing resolutionthe House voted to pass 12 bills that would increase spending more than $72.7 billion over 10 years.

  • H.R. 6213, No More Solyndras Act. COST: $1 million over 5 years
  • S. 3245, To extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. COST: Unknown
  • H.R. 6365, National Security and Job Protection Act. COST: $72 billion over 10 years
  • H.R. 1775, Stolen Valor Act. COST: “Insignificant
  • H.R. 5865, American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012. COST: $15 million over 5 years
  • H.R. 3857, Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act. COST: $702 million over 5 years
  • H.R. 5949, To extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years. COST: “No significant cost
  • H.R. 5544, Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act. COST: $6 million over 9 years
  • H.R. 4264, FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act. COST: $11 million over 5 years
  • H.R. 6186, To require a study of voluntary community-based flood insurance options and how such options could be incorporated into the national flood insurance program. COST: Unknown
  • H.R. 2139, Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act. COST: Unknown
  • H.R. 6122, To revise the authority of the Librarian of Congress to accept gifts and bequests on behalf of the Library. COST: “Insignificant

The Senate moved forward on debate on a bill that would create a veterans jobs corps and confirmed Stephanie Marie Rose, of Iowa, to be U.S. District Judge.

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