Congressional Salaries

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How much does a United States congressman or congresswoman make? Congress members earn an excellent salary with excellent health and retirement benefits for their services. The United States Congress is made up of two houses of legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The United States Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Senators and representatives are chosen for their positions through direct election.

How much does a United States congressman or congresswoman make?
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The House of Representatives 435 members each represents a district, serving a two-year term. House seats are apportioned among each of the states by population. The 100 members of the Senate serve staggered six-year terms, with each state apportioned two senators, regardless of the state population. Approximately one-third of the Senate is elected every two years at a time. The rate for re-election for incumbents often exceeds 90%.

The Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, each has an equal say in the legislative process. The House and Senate share a number of congressional duties:

* Their primary job of writing and passing federal laws.

* Regulating the US Mint and the money supply.

* Creating appellate and lower courts.

* Regulating interstate commerce, communication and transportation.

* Declaring war on foreign countries.

Members of congress spend much of their time studying a vast number of issues. Members of congress are also educators and advocates of the citizens they represent. The US House of Representatives is made up of 435 representatives from the 50 states, and four delegates from Guam, American Samoa, District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and one resident commissioner from Puerto Rico. The US Senate of 100 members, two senators from each of the 50 states. Senators serve six-year terms. These terms are staggered so that only one third of the seats expire every two years. The US state senators are referred to as ŇjuniorÓ and ŇseniorÓ senators of the state, according to their seniority in the senate relative to each other.

In addition to US House of Representatives congressional duties, the House is soley responsible for:

* Decisions regarding formal accusation of officials who may face impeachment proceedings.

* Starting bills determining spending and taxation policies.

The US Senate in addition to its shared congressional duties is soley responsible for:

* Holding trials of impeachment.

* Accepting or rejecting presidential appointments to office (e.g. cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, the CIA director, etc.).

* Approving or denying treaties that the president has negotiated with foreign countries.

How much does a a congressional member make per hour?

There is no such thing as a median hourly wage for legislators, their pay is always provided at a yearly salary rate.

How much does a congressional member make per year?

The current salary in 2010 for members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. The house and senate leadership make slightly more a year than other legislators.

House Leadership

Speaker of the House – $223,500

Majority Leader – $193,400

Minority Leader – $193,400

Senate Leadership

Majority Party Leader – $193,400

Minority Party Leader – $193,400

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