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Old 02-26-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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Came across this by accident.

This is crazy!!!! Cutting much needed programs is a priority, but hands off where it comes to senators and congressmen.

Senate Appropriations

The Senate: How Much Does It Cost? | REALITY BLOG

His source was:

Current Report: Combined Statement of Receipts, Outlays, and Balances of the United States Government (Combined Statement): Publications & Guidance: Financial Management Service

When taxpayers are paying for your haircuts, he can't do better than this??

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In Fiscal Year 2010 (Oct 1 through Sept 30 of the following year), these programs accounted for $4.66 Billion in taxpayer funds. Compared to the national budget, the total of $4.74 Billion is a drop in the bucket, but even so when someone sees these salaries they begin to wonder why members of Congress are paid so much for doing so little to help the people who pay their salaries.

These figures don’t count the retirement plans or salaries paid to former members of Congress. If a member of Congress serves for at least five years, be it in the Senate or the House of Representatives, they receive full pay and health benefits for life. The figures for this type of pay are not easily accessible, as they are muddled in with private insurance and other pay wages.

The estimates for these benefits were between $500 million and $1.2 billion. That’s a wide range, but there are people receiving pay that are not former legislatures. The wives of prominent Senators Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy receive a reduced rate of pay under the “survivor benefit” plan. They can still access the health benefits, but receive between 50 and 75 percent of their late husbands salaries.
This provides a rough estimate of $6 billion per year spent on Congressional pay and benefits
How much do Congressional pay and benefits cost taxpayers? - Baltimore Democrat | Examiner.com
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