June 1, 2004


Number of days that the U.S. House of Representatives met in 2004, the lowest number in decades.


Percent increase of a 'cost of living' raise members of Congress voted for themselves in September of 2004.


Dollar amount of that raise.


Annual salary for each member of the U.S. House of Representatives that met for 102 days in 2004.

Posted by Mikal at June 1, 2004 7:01 AM

hummm! That means "they" make $1588.23/day. If you compute that into an 8 hour day...They have an hourly wage of $198.52/hr. hummmm again! Are "they" worth that rate, with other jobs on the side??? And the hourly wage of an average worker is...

In the United States: the federal minimum wage is $5.15 per hour, although workers under age 20 can be paid $4.25 an hour for their first 90 days. Some states also have minimum wage laws ranging from $2.00 in Oklahoma (for some jobs not covered by the federal rate), to $7.16 an hour in Washington. Some cities and counties have living wage ordinances of up to $15.00 an hour although the groups of workers it applies to are often limited. {found @ http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/flsa/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage}


Posted by: Sallie at October 12, 2004 8:49 AM

Knowing folks who work for the House Of Representatives: they're working when it isn't in session, and they're often working well more than 8 hour days. Floor debate is not the only part of a Congressman's job.

Posted by: Nat Gertler at October 20, 2004 2:42 PM

Funny how liberals can play with math...

Posted by: at December 3, 2004 2:25 PM

When you consider their golden parachute and other perks it still adds up to over paid.

Posted by: Cindra at March 3, 2005 12:32 PM

Why are you assuming it's liberals playing with numbers? Maybe that statistic was found in a conservative source and originally researched by a Republican who's fed up with his representation.

Posted by: Ned at May 23, 2005 4:14 PM
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