In the recent sequestration cuts, funding for teachers was cut $32.1M; yet our legislators make just under $200K a year, working part-time, with full health care benefits for themselves, and their families, and pensions that American's pay for via our taxes. I believe that all legislator's should take a 50% pay cut, as well as pay for their own healthcare and pensions, out of their salaries just like Americans do, due to the Federal deficit.
Legislative Branch - US Congress
Rank-and-File Senators and Representatives
Speaker of the House
Speaker of the House - $223,500
Majority Leader - $193,400
Minority Leader - $193,400
House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders
A cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) increase takes effect annually unless Congress votes to not accept it.
Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees. They become vested after five years of full participation.
Note: Last salary increase for Members of Congress came in 2009.
Our Founding Fathers believed that service in the US Senate and Congress should be part-time jobs, as it was necessary for our elected officials to continue to work and stay in touch with the needs of their constituents.
During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session, except for a period from December 1815 to March 1817, when they received $1,500 a year. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1855, when they were paid $3,000 per year.