June 1, 2004

102

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

2.5

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

$4,000

Dollar amount of that raise.

$162,000

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
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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}

Amazing!

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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