United States Senators are paid out of federal tax dollars from the US Treasury. Their starting salary is around $175,000 per year. What do you get for your tax dollars?
The laziest workers in 20 years.
The year-by-year report reveals that the Democratic-controlled Senate only stayed in session an average of 6.5 hours per day in 2011, the lowest number of hours in 20 years. The same can be said of actual votes, having only held 235 roll call votes in 2011. Their work product also resulted in the smallest amount of measures passed since 1997 and only 90 public laws since 1995.
Not the least of these are budgets, Bob Casey and the Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in over 1,000 days.
When you look at the measures they have taken up, like Obamacare, it is easy to come to the conclusion that inactivity from this bunch of Senators is a good thing but it really isn’t. This is a bold display of both cowardice and laziness.
For example, the Republican-controlled House has passed 27 bi-partisan jobs bills that have been sent to the Senate. The Senate has refused to even allow them to come up for a vote. This is a bold display of both laziness and cowardice. Laziness, because our highly-paid Senators are not doing their job most basic job – voting. Cowardice, because those same Senators are afraid to vote for Republican-created legislation that would create jobs and give Republicans a legislative victory.
A $175,000 a year salary with a 6.5 hour work day where you produce the smallest amount of product in over a decade would never be tolerated in the private sector.
The American taxpayers deserve better.