Did you know •During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
•From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session, except for a period from December 1815 to March 1817, when they received $1,500 a year. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1855, when they were paid $3,000 per year.
Somewhere along the line government went from “To and for the People” to “To myself and my friends pocketbooks”. It is time to give it back to the people and the first step is to get rid of the money incentive.
2012 the median income was $51,000 (rounded) so that means instead of the current salaries of The current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. It would be $76,500.
Current salary of 530 members of congress $92,220,000
Proposed salary of 530 members of congress $40,545,000
Just reduced the deficit without slashing any benefits or raising any taxes by $51,675,000 A YEAR
Congress: Leadership Members’ Salary (2013)
Leaders of the House and Senate are paid a higher salary than rank-and-file members.
No longer would there be a difference between Rank and File and Leadership Salaries, they would all make the same
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 – new salary would be $76,500
Minority Party Leader – $193,400 – new salary would be $76,500
Speaker of the House – $223,500 – new salary would be $76,500
Majority Leader – $193,400 – new salary would be $76,500
Minority Leader – $193,400- new salary would be $76,500
Current salary of 5 leaders of congress $997,100
Proposed salary of 5 leaders of congress $382,500
Just reduced the deficit without slashing any benefits or raising any taxes by 614,600 A YEAR