Saturday, August 2, 2008

Congressional Recess


I haven't figured out how to add videos, but please, please go to this site and check out how much work our Congress does for us. I'm going to have to look up the perks they get for working all these days! It's going to shock you.... with righteous indignation!
(Uncle Jay explains the congressional news)

The Pure Perks
-An annual salary of $158,000 for U.S. Senate & House of Representatives.
- The Vice President, top leaders in the House and Senate and the chief justice receive $198,600.
-Associate justices of the Supreme Court get $190,600
and the House majority and minority leaders receive $171,900.
- President Bush makes $400,000 in salary a year.
-Free life insurance and a generous retirement plan
- Free office space in Washington and in the home district.
- A staff allowance of $752,400 for each House member and from $400,000 to 2.4 million depending on the population of his or her state and its distance from the Capitol for each senator. Plus more for committee aids.
- An expense account for telephone, stationery, and other office costs.
- Thirty-two fully reimbursed round trips home per year.
- Travel allowance and free travel to foreign lands on Congressional inquires.
-Nearly unlimited franking privileges.
-Access to free Congressionally owned and operated video and film studios to record messages for constituents.
- Discounts in Capitol Hill tax-free shops and restaurants. (the bean soup is $1.40 a cup in the Senate Dining Room)
- $10.00 haircuts at the Congressional barbershop.
- Free reserved parking at Washington National Airport.
- Use of the House gym or Senate Baths for $100. a year.
- Free fresh cut flowers from the Botanic Gardens
- Free assistance in the preparation of income taxes


Loving Annie said...

It was funny. I want that job, so I can have so many "work' days :)

Hope that you are having a good weekend.


Loving Annie

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yikes!!! that's a lot of moola!

smiles, bee

Granny Annie said...

And that is just the tip of the pityful, pityful Ice Berg! They even get to vote all these perks for themselves.

Carine said...

and to think-my sil is a corrections officer and only gets #32 thousand a year! risking his life working in the worst type of juvenile facility and here these people are getting all these perks and decent hours too.

Cathy said...

Hmmm, don't know what to say about all that.

Molly said...

Do they have to answer to anybody?? Ridiculous how much of the taxpayers' money they fritter away......Uncle Jay made me laugh!

BTW Kacey--It's Molly Bawn, not Molly Brawn...[in your side bar]Molly is a pet name for my name, and "bawn" is Irish for "fair-haired" or "white." My g'mother called me Molly Bawn when I was a child.

Big Dave T said...

They're trying to cut the number of state representatives, supreme court judges etc., here in Michigan to cut the cost of government overall. Maybe they should do that on a federal level as well. Think that could happen?

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiight.