They’re not worth it!

by fmhilton

As you can probably tell from my previous posts, I don’t hold Congress in very high esteem. Not many Americans do, either-so I don’t feel alone.

But I was curious as to certain numbers involving them could be found, and researched the figures.

Let’s just put it this way-the average working American puts in more time doing their job than Congress has for a very long time.

You probably get above the minimum wage, but it’s still a long way away from what Congress gets for salaries: $174,000 a year, and that does not include their range of benefits-this page shows not only their present pay rates, but also the historical pay.

The average full-time worker in this country puts in 5 day weeks-50 weeks a year, which comes to an approximate total of 1920 hours per year.

240 days worked a year, out of 365.

This page shows how many hours and days Congress worked in the past 8 years:

The figures are for 2013-2006:


Days in Session
Senate 10 153 170 158 191 184 190 138
House 10 152 175 127 159 118 164 101

Time in Session
(hours, rounded)
Senate 59 930 1102 1075 1421 989 1376 1028
House 33 725 993 879 1247 890 1478 850
Average Length Daily Session (hours) Senate 5.9 6.1 6.5 6.8 7.4 5.4 7.2 7.4
House 3.3 4.8 5.7 6.9 7.8 7.5 9.0 8.4

Compare those numbers with what you worked, and how they get paid so much more for so little time put in.

Do you see the huge problem here? The average American worker puts in twice as much time doing their job than Congress has for over 8 years.

Then they do this stuff with the budget, go skipping off to their scheduled recess, and wonder why we’re mad at them for not doing their job.

The numbers don’t lie. Congress is simply not working, and when they are, they don’t do their job.

We deserve better than this and our elected ‘leaders’ should be ashamed of their performance. If it were you or me, we’d get fired for not doing our jobs.

But Congress doesn’t-they get pay raises, while we get pink slips.

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