Members Of Congress Are Getting Paid $2,000 For Each Bill They Pass

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Members of Congress are getting paid more than $2,000 for every bill they pass.

The chart below — assembled by the Washington Post, based on data from the Congressional Research Service and GovTrack — reveals the remarkable extent to which lawmakers today are being paid to accomplish next to nothing.

Members of Congress, excluding leadership and the president pro tempore, earn $174,000 per year. Lawmakers in the wildly unproductive 113th Congress are being paid $4,368 per bill passed over the two-year session — or $2,184 annually.

Money is hardly an issue for most lawmakers, anyway. A January 2014 study by the Center For Responsive Politics found that “[f]or the first time, most members of Congress are millionaires.”

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Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
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