Congressional Pay and Perks

STOCK Act / Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act (CongressionalGlossary.com)

STOCK Act / Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms STOCK Act / Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 or STOCK Act – (Sec. 3) Requires the congressional ethics committees to issue interpretive guidance of the rules of each chamber, including rules on conflicts of interest and […]

Recent CRS Reports – Sept. 1, 2013

Recent CRS Reports – Sept. 1, 2013

Government Assistance for AIG: Summary and Cost, CRS Report R42953, August 14, 2013 (25-page PDF) Reauthorizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Issues for Consideration, CRS Report R41535, August 13, 2013 (19-page PDF) Bee Health: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R43191, August 27, 2013 (33-page PDF) The Debt Limit: History and Recent […]

Recent CRS Reports – June 2013

Recent CRS Reports – June 2013

State Taxation of Internet Transactions, CRS Report R41853, May 7, 2013 (24-page PDF) The Federal Budget: Issues for FY2014 and Beyond, CRS Report R43068, May 9, 2013 (28-page PDF) Crime and Forfeiture, CRS Report 97-139, May 13, 2013 (97-page PDF) 501(c)(4)s and Campaign Activity: Analysis Under Tax and Campaign Finance Laws, CRS Report R40183, May […]

Members Representational Allowance (MRA) / Legislative Assistant / Legislative Correspondent / Legislative Director (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Members Representational Allowance (MRA) / Legislative Assistant / Legislative Correspondent / Legislative Director (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA) / Legislative Assistant / Legislative Correspondent / Legislative Director   Employment Summit – Three Skills You Can’t Do Without – Stacy Cervenka   The first paid staff on Capitol Hill were hired by committees before the Civil War. By World War […]

CODEL / Congressional Delegation / Junket (CongressionalGlossary.com)

CODEL / Congressional Delegation / Junket (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms CODEL / Congressional Delegation / Junket   Introduction of the U.S. Congressional Delegation   A trip abroad by a group of members of Congress, usually bi-partisan. Committees sponsor fact finding travel to countries or regions to obtain first-hand information on foreign policy issues. These missions […]

Frank / Franking Privilege (Congressional Glossary)

Frank / Franking Privilege (Congressional Glossary)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms Frank / Franking Privilege A member’s facsimile signature, which is used on envelopes in lieu of stamps, for the member’s official outgoing mail. The “franking privilege” is the right to send mail postage-free. The congressional franking privilege, which dates from 1775, allows Members of Congress […]

Congressional Pay: Lower pay means more corruption?

Congressional Pay: Lower pay means more corruption?

Too much money in politics or too much politics in money? “Hush money–or money for the sewer,” by Frank Beard, Judge V. 5, March 1, 1884, pages 8-9.From Library of CongressFrank Beard (1842-1905). | Interview (1895) First, let me point out that congressional salaries already put members of Congress in the top 5%. So it’s […]

Recent CRS Reports on Congressional Pay and Perks

Recent CRS Reports on Congressional Pay and Perks

From our web site: Pay and Perquisites of Members of Congress, Including A History of House and Senate Salaries (CongressPay.com) photo credit: mootown “Federal Employees: Pension COLAs and Pay Adjustments Since 1969,” by Katelin P. Isaacs, CRS Report 94-971 (13-page PDF ) “Salaries of Members of Congress: Congressional Votes, 1990-2011,” by Ida A. Brudnick, CRS […]

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 27 (27th Amendment – Limiting Congressional Pay Increases)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 27 (27th Amendment – Limiting Congressional Pay Increases)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 27 (Twenty-Seventh Amendment) Amendment XXVII. (Limiting Congressional Pay Increases) Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992. No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.     The 27th Amendment Explained: […]

The Constitution of the United States, Article. I. Section. 6. Compensation

The Constitution of the United States, Article. I. Section. 6. Compensation

The United States Constitution Article. I. (The Legislative Branch) Section. 6. (Compensation) The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest […]