- During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
- From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session, except for a period from December 1815 to March 1817, when they received $1,500 a year. Members began receiving an annual salary in 1855, when they were paid $3,000 per year.
Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members
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I don’t know how much of this is fact (maybe others can help enlighten us), but I definitely agree that congressional Salaries and Benefits should be equalized to average citizen levels. Generally speaking, any law they pass for the average citizen should also apply to them. (There probably would be some necessary exceptions, like security issues, etc.)
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