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How Congress Costs You $100 Million Per Week

Guest post submitted by Bankrupting America


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

If it seems like Congress just returned from a break before leaving town for another one, it’s because they did. After two short weeks in session, Congress adjourned again and will be out until after the Nov. 6 elections.

Before lawmakers left, the Senate passed a six-month continuing resolution and … well, that’s about it. No action on the fiscal cliff or other tax extenders. Take a look at all Congress has to do in their lame duck session, set for November or December: Reuters and The Washington Post have the story.

What You Paid

Last week (and every week) taxpayers spend 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 Return For Your $100 Million

The House voted to pass four bills that would have an unknown cost to taxpayers:

  • H.R. 3409, To limit the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations before December 31, 2013, under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. COST: “Minimal Impact on the Federal Budget
  • H. J. Res 118, Providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Office of Family Assistance of the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of HHS relating to waiver and expenditure authority under the Social Security Act with respect to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. COST: $0
  • H.R. 5912, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions, and to provide for the return of previously distributed funds for deficit reduction. SAVINGS: Unknown
  • H.R. 5044, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any discharge of indebtedness income on education loans of deceased veterans. COST: Unknown

In addition to the continuing resolution, the Senate passed a bill to put limits on United Nations assistance to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan; resolution that expressed the sense of Congress saying Iran should not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon; and arrived at cloture on a bill to “protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting …”


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Reader Comments (9)

The weekly totals does NOT include 'OFF-BALANCE SHEET' totals for BRIBERY, CONSPIRACY & the commision of OTHER FELONIES committed and being committed by Lobbiests, members of Congress and their staff members. When hse total are added to the @ $100 MILLION PER WEEK, THE REAL TOTAL EXCEEDS $250 MILLION - EASILY! Just ask Paulon & Geithner...
Sep 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosephConrad
They just love other people's money

Hillary Clinton: Raise Taxes on the Rich Everywhere

Sep 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiberatedCitizen
Putting lipstick on a pig never hurt as bad.
Sep 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Congress MUST be paid by the state's they represent, NOT by a government check. To do so would make Congress responsiblle to the people; NOT the White House.
Congress MUST be governed by the same laws ALL Americans are governed by.
Congress MUST have the same pension program as all social secuirty recipients; thus making Congress victims of their own legislation and budget cuts/limits.
Congress MUST have the same healthcare options as ALL Americnas; thereby decreasing the chance that they will bow to lobbyists who seek to increase costs and decrease the lack of quality care.
Congress MUST be governed by Obamacare.
Constituents MUST have more access to legislators than lobbyists.
Lobbyists MUST BE BANNED from influencing legislators; OH there is a law; the law MUST be enforced.
Sep 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterStrayhorse
Now that I feel totally violated, I would like to have my post sex smoke. Thanks for posting this. Next time feel free to use a condom.
Sep 30, 2012 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Paul Ryan Booed At Wisconsin Town Hall For Defending Tax Breaks For The Wealthy


It's from last year but still an interesting clip.
Oct 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Don't you hippies know these pillars of society know whats best for you. How dare you question duly elected officials of the American Empire. Sit down,shut up, open a Pabst and send your fat wife to Wal-Mart for more nachos.
Oct 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Unregistered Commenter247911
In town, you can get a hooker and a bottle of Night Train for $12.00. And the wine is FORTIFIED.
Oct 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Can we...can we arrest them yet? Laundering, tax evasion and grand larceny with just a pinch...100 million dollars a week worth of FRAUD. They ALL are disgusting for doing this. Everyone wants to have fun on our dime, and yeah, I'm new to this but I work my freaking ass off for my money which is still not enough...imagine the people doing this 10 plus years. They will eventually erupt and they will be in line with the many calling for all of these fraudsters to be locked up starting with the politicians and ending with the bankers
Oct 20, 2012 at 8:32 AM | Unregistered Commenterjc

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