Members Of The Laziest Most Do Nothing Congress Make $608 For Each Hour They Are In DC


Congress will only work eight days in the next three months, and are on pace to pass the fewest bills in sixty years, but for every hour that they are in DC, each member of Congress earns at least $608/hour.

The Hill reported,

Congress will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, when lawmakers are set to return for a lame-duck session after the elections.

Because the annual salary for members of the House is $174,000, their hourly wage for those eight days amounts to $608 per hour, presuming 10-hour workdays.


The House left for a five-week vacation from Washington on Aug. 1 and didn’t return until Sept. 8. After two four-day workweeks, it left again Thursday and is not due to return until Nov. 12.

Members of Congress and their staffers reply that they work when not in D.C., but estimates over the last few years have found that members of Congress spend 25%-50% of their time fundraising. It is clear that actually doing the job of legislating comes second to campaigning and raising money.

It is doubtful that people would have much of an issue with the congressional pay rate if Congress were doing something. This Congress is on pace the past the fewest bills in sixty years. The Republican led House showed how little they care by leaving work early so that they could go on a seven week paid vacation.

The money isn’t the issue. It is the lack of return that taxpayers are getting on their investment. When Democrats controlled the House, nobody complained about congressional salaries during Nancy Pelosi’s extremely productive run as Speaker. The difference is a matter of ideology. Boehner and the Republicans believe that they were sent to Washington to obstruct President Obama. They believe that doing nothing is their job.

In 2013, Speaker Boehner claimed that the American people don’t want a Congress that passes laws, “We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce. And so we don’t do commemorative bills on the floor. We don’t do all that nonsense. We deal with what the American people want us to deal with. Unpopular? Yes. Why? We’re in a divided government. We’re fighting for what we believe in. Sometimes, you know, the American people don’t like this mess.”

House Republicans have gone from not passing laws to not showing up.

Every day brings a new insult, which is why the Republican majority in the House has got to go.

15 Replies to “Members Of The Laziest Most Do Nothing Congress Make $608 For Each Hour They Are In DC”

  1. Lazy, treasonous moochers. Boehner complains about the unemployed? Hell, he and the entire republican party are nothing but welfare queens.

  2. Vote the bums out! Let them go Home and find work that suits their do nothing creed.

  3. It is terrible how little concern our Congress seems to have for the United States and its’ citizens. They spend most of their time making political points and raising money for their next reelection. Even basic laws to run our Country properly, as a Highway Bill, do not get passed. When will Congress put the United States needs ahead of their own narrow interests?

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  4. We continue with the welfare for the rich, and the congress lead the list of recipients.
    Besides the hourly wages, they get free rides anywhere, free lunches, free shgoe shines, free laundry…and that is what we know they get, and the under the table take is: $$$$
    They need to go home

  5. These are the same people who won’t vote for a minimum wage raise; equal pay for equal work; a jobs program; (Boner) says Americans would rather stay home and watch TV then get a job — hypocrites is too mild a description for them!

  6. And worse, they have built protections into the laws that will not allow anyone to lower or effect how they are paid. Just like trying to recall a representative is almost impossible by law!

  7. For those who say that members of Congress are working in their districts when they’re not in D.C., I have Exhibits A, B, and C: Mark Sanford’s little romp with his then fiancee in Paris, former GOPTPer Cantor’s trip during a recess to Wyoming to meet with some of Big Energy’s CEOs, and McCain and Graham’s many trips to Middle Eastern countries where they were working to undermine U.S. foreign policy!

  8. Hi John, Though I agree with you for the most part, please realize that this is going on on both sides. Both sides are corrupt. I was a democrat for over thirty years. I now am independent. If Bernie Sanders ran as a democrat, I would vote democrat again. Otherwise, we need campaign finance reform, and major accountability in how these scum bags spend our money. I just read how Nancy Pelosi wrote a scathing email when she could not get the Gulfstream jet she wanted for Memorial day. They are so out of touch, and spoiled. They are not required to itemize their expenses, and when they run up a three thousand dollar trip, they keep the change, well the thousands.

  9. Do they deserve this job? Some do, but the vast majority are there under false pretenses. They fooled their constituents while campaigning and had themselves voted into that Representative position and just coasted along for two years DOING S#IT-NOTHING!, while collecting a paycheck they don’t deserve. and they have the nerve to deny Unemployment Benefit extension to those who REALLY need it! While adding insult to injury they claim to have been CREATING JOBS! No way do we see that. Again, they LIED! So, the bad apples need to be swept out in November. He, Republicans and Independents and Democrats are you listening? Check their records before you cast your vote. Look them up, it is not hard to do, check their voting records and everything else. But the bottom line is: WE NEED A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN CONGRESS this time around. VOTE!

  10. The hardest working politician today is: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. The pressures of that job does NOT compare to anything those Congressmen have to go through on a daily basis. Yet the haters amongst them complain and chastise the President on his taking much needed mini-vacations!

  11. And these are the very people who won’t vote for a jobs bill, won’t vote for a minimum wage bill, won’t vote for veterans’ benefits, won’t vote for anything that isn’t a right wing religious nut cake bill or doesn’t restrict voting rights for minorities.

  12. Why do they get paid for NON PRODUCTIVITY? Boner calls the unemployed lazy,wonder what he calls his collogues? Most employers evauluate performance, too bad, other that an election to evaluate the Congressperson can’t be established! At $608.00 per hour for “DO NOTHING” is disgraceful.

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