Here’s how 2023 started in Washington, DC:
“Before lawmakers can get down to the nitty-gritty of governing, Congress has some housekeeping to do. Most significantly, the House needs a new speaker and the dust has yet to settle with who will become the face of the chamber.”
The process for choosing a new House speaker is a vote by the majority party, in this case, 222 Republicans.
Once the new House speaker is chosen, all 434 members of the House (there’s one vacancy) take the oath of office, and the business of the House – that “nitty-gritty of governing” – can begin.
All 434 House of Representatives members can get to work, doing what we elected them to do.
What we’re paying them to do.
How’s that working out for us taxpayers so far?
Day 1, January 3:
Day 2, January 4:
Day 3, January 5:
Today is Day 4 of this fiasco.
And they aren’t even bothering to show up until noon:
What – so they can all catch up on their beauty sleep?
No House speaker has been chosen.
No members of the House have been sworn in.
And the business of the House – that “nitty-gritty of governing” – can’t begin.
This seems like an opportune time to mention that members of the House are paid $174,000 per year.
Republicans: 222 members x $174,000 per year = $38,628,000 tax dollars per year.
And since Democrats can’t do anything until they, too, are sworn in…
Democrats: 212 members x $174,000 per year = $36,888,000 tax dollars per year.
Total: $75,516,000 tax dollars per year to 434 people who aren’t doing the jobs we elected them to do.
That we’re paying them to do.
And that, my friends, is…