Published June 8, 2009
As long as we're looking for budget cuts, a curious proposal that's floating around suggests we take a second look at the size of Congress. Do we need 435 members?
Each representative gets $174,000, not including the salaries paid to their staffers. One estimate puts the total staff salaries per representative at $1.3 Million. Say we just arbitrarily reduced the number by 50%. This move alone would save $320 Million. This is before including the billions in earmarks arranged by them that would also be saved.
This proposal also suggests halving the Senate, though I would have a bit more reluctance about that, given its potential for bipartisan representation of the states in a two-party system.
What proposals would you put forth for cutting the federal budget?