Budget Shock: Who Got a BIG BONUS from Congress?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

A bill that funds Planned Parenthood but doesn’t fund the Wall, also includes a Congressional bonus.

It seems breathtakingly bold to include a Congressional bonus in the Omnibus bill. Or perhaps it is merely shameless, arrogant, and entitled.

Not only does Congress want to spend us into oblivion, but they aren’t afraid to use part of that spending on themselves.

In what may be the most (and least) shocking turn of events in the battle over curbing government spending, we learn that the omnibus bill will give every member of Congress and their staff a big bonus courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Hopefully, Donald Trump will become too disgusted to sign it!

The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Congress Gives Itself a Bonus in Omnibus.

The House and Senate increased their own budgets in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package.

The Senate increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million in the 2,232-page bill that lawmakers had fewer than 48 hours to read and vote on. The bill avoids a government shutdown that would take place at midnight on Friday

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The Senate increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million in the 2,232-page bill that lawmakers had fewer than 48 hours to read and vote on.

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The legislation increases the Senate budget to $919.9 million, up $48.8 million from fiscal year 2017, according to the congressional summary of the bill.

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Meanwhile, the House of Representatives increased its budget to $1.2 billion, which is $10.9 million above 2017 levels.

Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million.

The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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