Members of Congress will earn $174,000 plus deluxe benefits next year even though the House calendar shows they will only work for 113 days, just 1/3 of the year. In contrast, 40% of Americans earned less than $20,000 last year and a majority of U.S. workers earned under $30,000.
A bill raising the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour will be introduced this month. How does that compare with the Congressional wage?
“Breaking the numbers down … members of the House of Representatives will make approximately $1,539.82 per day or, given an eight-hour work day, roughly $192.47 per hour.”
— “Congress Working Less Than 1/3 Of Year In 2014, Getting Full Salary,” CBS Miami
“Median wage falls to lowest level since 1998,” David Cay Johnston, Al Jazeera America
“Feeding families made more hungry by Congress,” Alexandra Ashbrook and Patty Stonesifer, Washington Post op ed
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