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Second quarter salary records show that total House staff compensation - $161.7 million for the quarter - dropped 4.1 percent from the same period last year, and 5.2 percent from the year before. Since 2010, total second quarter compensation dropped 10 percent.
This is a stark contrast from the last decade, which saw consistently rising salary expenditures except for a pause in 2004. Total compensation rose 42.2% from 2001-2010.read more ...
House and Senate staff salaries once again continued their downward plunge from previous years, according to an analysis by LegiStorm. House spending totaled $163.7 million in the first quarter of 2013. House salary expenditures have not fallen that low since the third quarter of 2008, during which they totaled $162.2 million. Compared to the same point in the previous congressional term, the first quarter of 2011, staff salaries have fallen 5.6%.
For now, it's better to be working under a House Democrat - by about 3.7%. According to 2013 first quarter filings, Republicans' average quarterly staffer salary amounted to $14,288, versus $14,827 for Democrats.read more ...
Both Democrats and Republicans issued statements mourning the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)'s death Monday. However, an analysis of all the press releases and tweets made available in LegiStorm's StormFeed database reveals that Democrats were much more likely to express sorrow toward their colleague than were Republicans.
By the end of the day, 55 members of Congress had issued press releases with statements of condolences, and 118 members had posted brief tributes on Twitter. Some 40 of those press releases and 80 of the Tweets were from Democrats, or roughly 70%.read more ...
Eight senators have not filed their annual personal financial disclosure reports, despite potential late fees and some with previous histories of prolonging Senate deadlines.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mo Cowan (D-Mass.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) still have outstanding financial reports. All the aforementioned senators did, however, receive 90-day extensions from the Ethics committee. Penalties such as a $200 fine are possible for forms not submitted on-time. Each senator's one-page request form for an extension does not require a reason for the extension.read more ...
So you want to be a top dog in Congress? Hill climbers seeking a prime perch in a congressional office can learn a thing or two from the career paths of the 100 new chiefs of staff who serve alongside the freshman members of the 113th. LegiStorm has reviewed previous salary records, job histories and personal financial disclosures to provide the most comprehensive look at who are the top advisers to the newest members of the House and Senate.
Prior tenure as a chief or in another staff role was the most common thread. 55 of 85 House chiefs and 12 of 15 Senate chiefs have Capitol Hill experience. 26 chiefs in the House and Senate combined held those positions immediately prior to their current post. Jedd Moskowitz and Hunter Ridgway, who work for Reps. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) respectively, each have over 20 years of Hill experience, topping the list of staffers with most tenure.read more ...
Former Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Allen West (R-Fla.) and Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) still have not filed required financial disclosures with the Clerk of the House since leaving office in January.
Although Members of Congress are supposed to file a termination report or a deadline extension for a termination report within 30 days after departing, Frank, West and LaTourette have not submitted any filings to the House. The penalty for filing late is $200.read more ...
House Republicans topped Democrats as the most generous givers of year-end bonuses paid from government coffers, with 9 of the top 10 biggest bonus spenders being GOPers. The top spot went to a Democrat.
That strong GOP tilt, a reversal of previous trends, happened in a year that saw post-election bonuses drop to its lowest level in a decade.read more ...
For the departing members of Congress, there is one final piece of bookkeeping to complete after they've left their Capitol office for good. Each member has to fill out one more personal financial disclosure, the last official look at the financial picture of the legislators before they move into private life.
Those termination filings are supposed to be filed within 30 days of the member's departure, but 14 former House members have not yet filed a termination report or a deadline extension.
About a dozen other former lawmakers filed their final reports after Feb. 4. So far 53 former members have submitted their termination reports since the new Congress began on Jan. 3, with most of those coming near or after the deadline, and another 18 have received 90-day deadline extensions.read more ...
When Congress passed the STOCK Act this spring, it called for the House and Senate to put all the financial disclosures of members and staff online by the end of the summer. As the final days of 2012 approach, member disclosures are online but staff filings won't be published online until April, at the earliest.
The deadline for staffer disclosures had already been pushed back a couple times to Dec. 8 before Congress once again extended it to April 15. LegiStorm is the only online source for personal financial disclosures of congressional staff.
The issue seems to have little to do with congressional filings. In addition to congressional financial disclosures, the law also called for executive branch agencies to publish the filings of their senior staff. Despite the status of the filings as public records, there has been considerable pushback from groups representing federal employees who worry about privacy and security issues of making the public records freely available, rather than requiring an in-person trip to check on the information.read more ...
Cuts in the Members' Representational Allowance, the budget provided members of Congress, have taken a toll on salary levels since the GOP took control of the House in 2011. Total House salaries slid downward to $168 million this quarter, a 2.1% decrease from the 3rd quarter of 2011, the first year of GOP control since 2006. It fell 5.8% from two years ago. Overall, the $168 million figure represents the lowest tallied amount since the 3rd quarter of 2008.
On the Senate side, salary levels have also fallen in recent reports, but not as steeply. In the April-September months of 2012, Senate figures fell 1.6% from the same period of 2011 and 5.4% from the same period of 2010.