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Compensating Congress

Congressional pay stands at $174,000 for both senators and representatives. The median pay of an American worker is $39,416.

It pays pretty well to legislate in Washington. Members of Congress, both senators and representatives, now make $174,000 a year. Compare that to the median pay of an American worker, which stands at $39,416.

But members have not had a raise since 2009. Their pay, along with that of all federal workers, was frozen in an effort to trim the deficit. The topic comes up again in January, when a raise of up to 1.1 percent is scheduled to take effect, unless salaries are kept frozen.  

We have a video with more on congressional compensation. Take a look. See “What Do Others Say?” for more opinions. Then, add to the discussion below. Do lawmakers earn their pay? Do they deserve a raise?

What do others say?

  • : National Journal: “Why Congress is unlikely to allow itself a raise” More

  • : Huffington Post: “First spending cut, paychecks for Congress” More

  • : Our Generation: “Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth” More

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