Annual salary, Speaker of the House: $223,500; Annual Congressio­nal Salaries: $174,000

by HLL

The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

Senate Leadership
Majority Party Leader – $193,400
Minority Party Leader – $193,400

House Leadership
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.

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“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 ‘consultan­t’ status permanentl­y and paid on an hourly basis. Take away all health benefits, pensions, security, and other perks. After all, ‘we’re broke”, aren’t we?

Perhaps they shouldn’t be accepting donations from anyone – whether it be corporatio­ns or private individual­s? Perhaps they should all be assigned a certain set amount from the government with which to campaign? Enough of this stonewalli­ng and ineffectiv­eness. If they cannot do their jobs… if they cannot come up with solutions as adults… then they are not adequately representi­ng us.

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