The Fix Is In: Congress Is Absolutely The Best Part-Time Job In America
No wonder they people fight like heck to keep their jobs.
That $174,000 is just the base salary. They get much more than that from other funding.
The base salary for all rank-and-file members of Congress is $174,000, more than triple the median household income of the United States. In exchange for that generous salary, members of Congress work one out of three days.
The House of Representatives was in session for only 18 hours a week in 2013. Members worked only 130 days in 2015. In case you needed more evidence that Congress doesn’t earn its salary, consider this: House and Senate members only worked eight days in April.
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Eight work days in a month, with an annual salary of $174,000. Can you imagine? Must be nice!
Meanwhile, in the real world, the average American worker puts in more hours than a medieval peasant. Full-time U.S. employees use only 54 percent of their paid vacation days, sacrificing the rest for fear of falling behind or being replaced. The idea of a congressman skipping that much vacation is laughable, at best. More