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.