The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400
Speaker of the House – $223,500
Majority Leader – $193,400
Minority Leader – $193,400
“Two Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced a bill that would prohibit members of Congress and the president from being paid during a government shutdown or when the federal government can’t pay its bills because the debt limit has been reached.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, announced legislation Thursday morning that would stop payments to Congress and the president while ensuring Social Security benefits continue, military troops are paid and other government services remain open for business.
“If the government is forced to shut down, members of Congress and the president should be treated the same way as all other federal employees,” Boxer said. “We should not be paid. And to take it one step further, we should not be paid retroactively once the government reopens…”
Perhaps all politicians should be reduced to ‘consultanÂt’ status permanentlÂy and paid on an hourly basis. Take away all health benefits, pensions, security, and other perks. After all, ‘we’re broke”, aren’t we?