How much does the President
of the U.S. get paid?
Most candidates don't seek elected office with the intention
of becoming rich off the federal government. While compensation is very generous compared with the average
American's salary, most would likely make more money in the
private sector, and often do. For example, as president, Bill Clinton makes $200,000 and gets additional money in
various expense accounts. However, in September 1999,
President Clinton signed legislation that will increase the
presidential salary to $400,000, effective January 2001, as
the Constitution prohibits pay raises for sitting presidents. This presidential pay raise will be the first since 1969, when the president's salary was raised from $100,000 to $200,000 (keep in mind that, adjusted for inflation, $200,000 in 1969 would be worth a whopping $930,232 today). Of course, on top of the salary and
expense accounts, the U.S. president is given free housing
with plenty of amenities. The White House has 132 rooms, 32
bathrooms, including a movie theater, bowling alley, billiards room, tennis court, jogging track and putting greens for entertainment. He also has use of Camp David, the
presidential retreat.

In comparison, Congress receives frequent pay raises. In the
last 17 years, pay for the average member of Congress has
more than doubled, from $69,800 in 1983 to $141,300 in
2000. However, if you were to adjust their 1983 salaries for
inflation, members of Congress would make $119,708 in
2000. The president pro tempore of the Senate and the
majority and minority leaders of both houses are paid $156,900. The speaker of the House of Representatives makes $181,400
(these salaries include the notorious $4,600 pay raise
that members of Congress voted themselves in 1999). This
year, lawmakers are again pushing to increase their
salaries, seeking a $4,200 pay raise that would bump their
salary up to $145,500, effective January 2001. To get a better
idea about how much money that involves, multiply $4,200 by
535, which is how many members of Congress there are, and
you will get $2,247,000. Currently the total pay for all
members of Congress is about $75 million. But keep in mind,
they really work for all that green!
A local ordinance in Atwoodville, Connecticut prohibits people from playing Scrabble while waiting for a politician to speak.
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~Dolly Parton
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