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Congressional Compensation

rencontre avignon Ever wonder why Congress gets to vote itself pay increases?  I did, so I looked it up.  I did all the work for you.


aj lee rencontre lita Article 1, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution states:

dating christian singles The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States.

http://www.redribbonaward.org/marekhamwik/5306 The 27th Amendment modifies this section:

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online dating makes me feel ugly No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

http://vertesinfo.hu/vselenaya/6653 So, when Congress votes itself a raise, it does not take effect until after a new election is held.  Also, unless they vote otherwise, Congress receives an automatic cost of living adjustment (COLA) annually.

speed dating quebec city A look at how our Congressmen have exercised this right:

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  • Compensation started at a whopping $6 per diem in 1789.
  • The largest pay increase was 80% in 1955 (from $12,500 to $22,500).
  • The last major raise was 30% in 1991 (from $96,600 to $125,100).
  • Since 1992 the average annual raise has been 3%; that seems to be about the amount of COLA.
  • Congress can also vote for a pay decrease but… the last time that happened was in 1933.
  • The current pay for the average Congressman is $174,000.  Go here to see how much other officials are being paid (page 4).
  • This year (2010) Congress voted to forego the automatic COLA in 2011.


Data gathered from: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/97-1011.pdf

See the whole spreadsheet: Download Congressional_Pay

Article publié pour la première fois le 20/06/2010