Recently, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Whip Eric Cantor released the work schedule for the 435 members of the House of Representatives for 2014. The House will be in session for a grand total of 113 days.
We pay members of the House of Representatives $174,000 per year. So, for each one of these 113 days in session, we are paying each representative $1,540 per day. In 2013, the work schedule was slightly more, though not by much.
In 1947, President Harry Truman said we had a “do-nothing” Congress. That Congress, the 80th, passed 906 bills into law. Under Speaker Boehner, the 113th Congress had passed only 36 bills into law as of Sept. 20 (this, according to Ezra Klein of The Washington Post). Mr. Klein notes that this Congress is on track to be far less productive than the least productive Congress since records have been kept (the 112th, with 283 public laws passed).
And now they will “work” even less?
Why hasn’t the local or national media made this headline news?
During my tour of duty in Vietnam, I was paid $128 a month with an extra $30 a month in combat pay ($1 a day). I had to show up every day!
Try telling your boss that you are going to work one week and then have two weeks off in 2014. Work one, off two; work one, off two (with full pay, great benefits, great pension, etc.).
This schedule may please the Tea Party, which cries for less government, but the overwhelming majority of taxpaying Americans demand a lot more from these grandstanding elected officials than a “work-when-you-feel-like-it” schedule.
Where is the outrage?