Did you get your Money’s Worth from Congress last week?
The agenda on Capitol Hill was relatively light last week as members looked forward to today’s release of the President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget resolution. The House passed a line item veto bill (see our fact sheet here) and the Senate, after 23 temporary extensions, passed a bill to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Check below for more of last week’s House and Senate action.
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 line item veto legislation mentioned above, the House voted to approve three bills and resolutions that would cost taxpayers $91 million over five years:
S. 2038, To prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, and for other purposes. COST: $9 million over 5 years
H.R. 3581, Budget and Accounting Transparency Act. COST: $14 million over 5 years
H.R. 1734, Civilian Property Realignment Act. COST: $68 million over 5 years
H.R., 1162, To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes. COST: “No significant impact”
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