Never before have I seen the amount of attention that members of the House of Representative or the Senate are currently receiving from the media. Maybe it was because I wasn’t paying attention. Well, today I am. Maybe I should have titled it “Your tax dollars in action, Are you getting who you paid for?”
Not a day goes by that I don’t hear someone from a legislator serving in the U.S. Congress accuse the POTUS wasting taxpayer money in one way or another. One day it’s Trump wasting money by traveling to his home in New York, the next day he’s setting up government contracts so his business will profit. Almost all accusations come from democrats and obviously are “made up” with no supporting proof. Sometimes they openly admit the accusations are untrue and their motive is only to cause damage to President Trump’s reputation. They get away with it because, like any other lie or story they fabricate, they are protected by hiding behind “Congressional Immunity. ” Clearly the founding fathers didn’t have this sort of abuse in mind.
Without getting into details, “How much do we pay POTUS? How much do we pay legistators ?
According to Title 3 of the US code, a president earns a $400,000 salary, $50,000 annual expense account, $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. POTUS still remains on the payroll after leaving office. ( In 2001 Congress raised the salary from $200,000 to $400,000 and added an extra expense allowance of $50,000 a year).
Legislators serving in the US Congress have earned $174,000 annually. House leadership earns more. Speaker of the House at $223,500, Majority Leader and Minority Leader at $193,400. Senate Leadership is Majority Leader at $193,400 and Minority Leader at $193,400.
In addition to their pay each legislator is eligible for the following,
In the U.S. Senate, the Senators’ Official Personnel and Office Expense Account (SOPOEA). Anywhere from $3,043,454 to $4,815,203 for each Senator.
In the House of Representatives , the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA). Anywhere from $1,207,510 to $1,383,709.
Total wages annually is $93,217,100, with a total of $481,520,300 to SOPEA(high end) and a total of $601,913,415 to (MRA).
For a more detailed report on legislator pay click Here
PRESIDENT total is $569,000 annually(president doesn’t take a paycheck so total is 0)
SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES total is $1,176,650,815 annually (congress wants a raise).
*Totals are generalization . Not accurate to exact dollar but pretty dam close
Without getting into details such as security, etc. clearly more tax dollars are spent on legislators. What about election season? What up when POTUS is campaigning ? What about when a legislator is running for president? Can they campaign and still complete their duties their current job requires?
With Trump it’s easy. He is able to do his job and campaign at the same time. With the legislators it’s an entirely different story. Apparently legislators cannot campaign and effectively do their jobs. Let’s take a look at some of the legislators that are running for president. Let’s check their attendance when it comes to voting on new legislation. After all, we are paying them to be there, to vote for us.
Sen. Harris [D-CA]
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]
Sen. Sanders [I-VT]
Sen. Gillibrand [D-NY]
Sen. Warren [D-MA]
Sen. Bennet [D-CO]
Sen. Klobuchar [D-MN]
Rep. Swalwell [D-CA15]
Rep. Ryan [D-OH13]
Rep. Gabbard [D-HI2]
Rep. Moulton [D-MA6]
Data Sourced from GovTrack
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As you can see, the Democrat candidates cannot campaign and fulfill the duties their job requires. Since they are still receiving a paycheck, ultimately, they are ripping off the American taxpayer. If they cannot be honest now, why should anyone think they would be an honest president? This is a situation where political party loyalty does not matter. Every American should be outraged.
Congress has oversite over the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch. It works, up to a point. That point is when Congress has become lawless and gone rogue. One example is when Congress doesn’t get what they want , they turn to extorsion methods, like they are doing with the Supreme Court. Another would be how they charged the Attorney General(AG) with contempt , for not providing specific information which would have required the AG to break the law. Currently the democrat majority in the House of Representative has gone rogue. It’s lawless behavior has made them one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the world. Congress has oversite over Congress. It is unlikely that they will remove one of their own. They continue to run America into the ground with a strong socialist twist. In some cases, a communist twist. The Senate and POTUS seem to be keeping them in check. Still, I believe that may not be enough. Eventually it will take American Patriots to march on DC and physically remove these criminals and jail them, where they belong.