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The Cost of Congress

How much would you pay to fund gridlock?

How much would you pay to fund gridlock? Well, one statistic that we didn't get to today shows that it costs taxpayers more than $53,000 per day to fund the House, according to a Congressional Research Service Report from last year. That boils down to about $8,400 per hour. But according to Roll Call, those numbers don’t include the salaries of lawmakers so Congress’ daily rate is likely far higher. House members earn a base salary of $174,000 a year. For Speaker John Boehner, tack on $49,500.

But Americans don’t seem all that pleased with what they’re paying for. According to a new Gallup Poll, Congress’ latest approval rating is at 17%. On the bright side, that number is up from a record low of 10% in February.

Check out our segment today on the forgotten political art of reaching across the aisle.