Members of Congress get automatic pay raises, a full pension, free parking in many parking lots and garages throughout Washington, D.C., and a lucrative 401k plan. As of 2011, a congressman's salary sat at around $174,000 per year, and with benefits, that figure jumps to around $250,000 per year.Continue Reading
In 2011, around 46 percent of members of United States Congress had a net worth of more than $1 million. Compare this to the fact that most of the U.S. makes $50,000 or less per year, and it causes people to be quite upset. In 2009, Congress voted to forgo its annual raise for 2 years and a bill was introduced that would cut each members salary by 5 percent. That wasn't the first time such a bill was introduced and bills like that never gain support from the members of Congress.
Taxpayers pay matching contributions to Congress members' 401k. Contributions to a Congressman's 401k carry a matching rate of 5 percent, which is more than most "normal" people make. As of 2011, company contributions to an employee's 401k occur at a rate of around 3 percent.
Politicians know how to play the system and this helps them keep many of their generous benefits. Politicians often manipulate news stories to make the American people feel good about themselves and the job Congress does. This shines politicians in a positive light, making it easier for people to turn a blind eye to the many benefits they receive in office.Learn more about Branches of Government
The Library of Congress provides a full list of current members of U.S. Congress at Congress.gov, as of 2015. The list includes 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Ballotpedia, a nonprofit political encyclopedia, also provides an online list of congress members.Full Answer >
The seniority system in Congress grants privileges, such as choice of committee assignments or choice of office, to the members of congress who have served the longest. It is normally seen when deciding who is going to be a committee chairman. The longest-serving member of the committee gets the choice of becoming chairman first.Full Answer >
BallotPedia lists active members of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and the House of Representatives, as of 2015. The interactive spreadsheet allows site visitors to organize columns in ascending or descending order by names, number of years in congress, political parties, states/districts and ending years of active terms.Full Answer >
City governments typically own, operate and manage municipal parking lots and municipal parking garages, both of which provide off-street parking. Cities provide municipal parking for use by the general public, which may be free or fee-based. Some cities lease or rent municipal parking lots and facilities to parking management companies.Full Answer >