The base salary of a U.S. senator is $174K a year. That’s nearly five times the amount of money that the average American earns every year. To put it in simple perspective, you would have to work five times longer than a junior senator to earn a gallon of milk. A gallon of milk, on the average is about three bucks. Let’s say you earn a $9 an hour. You’d have to work 20 minutes in order to buy that gallon of milk. A U.S. senator would have to work 4 minutes for that same gallon.
Which often has people pointing out the fact that the only “company” in the world that pays its employees more than its employer is the government. Everywhere around the globe, civil servants (likewise called “elected officials” or “politicians”) earn a boatload more than their employers, the taxpayers. It’s a crazy phenomenon, but it’s absolutely true.
In order for us to get our money’s worth then, it is assumed that they are going to be working their butts off for that lucrative salary and its mountain of benefits, particularly when so much is backlogged. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received an interesting letter from a host of Senators who requested a delay in the August Recess for the Senate in order to get their work done. Amazingly, McConnell agreed! And Democrats are furious.
The Daily Caller:
The Senate will work in Washington during the first two weeks of August, instead of allowing senators to be back in their home states.
“Once the Senate completes its work on health care reform, we will turn to other important issues including the National Defense Authorization Act and the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats,” McConnell said in a statement.
McConnell, who was under pressure to cancel August recess altogether by members of his party, made the announcement during a weekly lunchtime meeting with his conference.
The group of Republican senators, led by Georgia Sen. David Perdue, sent a letter to McConnell on June 30 asking to “truncate” or “forgo” the August Recess all together given the limited number of legislative days on the calendar available.
The letter was signed by Republican Senators Perdue, Steve Daines, of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, John Kennedy Louisiana, James Lankford Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Luther Strange of Alabama, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
This was important for these Republican senators because there has been an almost constant Democrat attempt to drag their heels on nearly every piece of legislation or procedural vote, going back to Trump’s inauguration.
This move will instill the Senate Majority Leader with just a tad more respect from Trump supporters as well as they have become somewhat distrustful of everything the Republican establishment has done to date. Hopefully, the two weeks will be enough time to effect real and purposeful change.