Congessional Budget Office

Congressional Pay

Our Constitution mandates that our elected representatives will be paid for serving their fellow citizens. Yet, it does not stipulate how much. Every federal agency, department, directorate, office, and branch must look for ways to save money. Currently Congressmen and Senators are paid about $184,000 a year, and yet are only in session half a year. The remainder of that year they are supposed to be visiting with their constituents back in their represented areas, ensuring they are maintaining a "pulse with the populous". If our nation contiues to operate on a shoestring budget and continuing resolutions from year to year, perhaps the Congressmen and Senators would be willing to have their pay cut in half to $92,000 per year while still maitaining their current health and travel benifits. This is still considerably more than the average American. This would save taxpayers $49,220,000 a year.

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