Saturday, December 01, 2012

Our Congress hard at work

Or actually, our Congress, hardly working:
The House is scheduled to be in session on only 15 Fridays in 2013, an almost 30 percent drop from 2011, according to the calendar released by House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Friday.

In 2011, there were 21 scheduled Fridays, compared to only 15 planned for 2013. Members will work only one Friday for nine months out of the year, and two Fridays for the other three months. Both 2011 and 2013 are non-election years.
But never mind the Fridays, according to the official Congressional work calendar, the House will be in session on for a whopping 127 days total in 2013. They claim one off week a month is for working in their home district visits. Which in the Republicans case is what they call appearing at ribbon cutting ceremonies where they take credit for government funded projects that they voted against funding in the first place. Then of course, there's holiday breaks and the August recess. They're facing a brutal 2 day work schedule in that month.

Useful to remember while they're figuring out ways to starve granny and cut off government assistance to the poor and disabled, as Speaker of the House John Boehner's annual base salary is $223,500. And his average net worth, give or take a million or two, is $3,588,556. Fascinating list of his investments at the link.

[Thanks and a big hug to my old pal Blogenfreude sitting in at Mike's Blog Round-up for kindly linking in. So great to find him again. He disappeared from my internets for way too long.]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Can I be excused for having thoughts of the skull crushing kind when I see a picture of Boner and a hammer?

But thanks for the laugh. I needed a laugh this morning.

9:43:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Happy to oblige my Captain.

12:15:00 PM  
Blogger CD said...

back of the envelope calculations, assuming 8 hour work days, taking account for major holidays, I figure members of Congress are on the clock for around 1,200 hours/year. At $223,500/year, that works out to about $186.25/hour plus time off and robust benefits. Not bad for part time work.

1:21:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Believe you're overestimating their work hours. For one thing, they will only have sessions in the afternoons. Mornings are allocated for "committee" work. Don't know if every one of them is on a committee but I do know every committee doesn't meet every day. So hourly rate should probably be higher. But yeah, great deal for part timers.

2:27:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Ah yes, committee work -- often involving bourbon, porn videos and sometimes pinching pages in the cloak room.

But it's the benefits! health care, pensions, free trips, free postage and free passes fot things that would get us locked up.

8:37:00 AM  

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