Did you get your money’s worth from Congress last week?

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What you paid
This 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
Staffers wearing jeans to work and taking long lunches!

It was spring break in Congress this week so neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate met. Members often take official trips out of the country (“CODELS” — or Congressional Delegations — is what they’re called) or go home to meet with constituents. (If you want to search the CODELS your member has taken, you can do so here.)

Do you know what your member did over the break? Did he or she hold a town hall? Meet with your local newspaper? Anything?

The last paragraph is the important one.

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