US Congress 2014 Committee Information and Cost

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The United States House of Representatives currently has 21 congressional committees; 20 standing committees and one select committee. All but three committees, the Budget Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the House Administration Committee, are subdivided into subcommittees, each with its own leadership.

This is a complete list of U.S. congressional committees (standing committees and select or special committees) that are currently operating in the United States Senate. Senators can be a member of more than one committee. As of 2013, there are 92 senate committees, 16 standing committees with 72 subcommittees and 4 non-standing committees

US Senate: Committee Assignments of the 113th Congress
all current senators and the committees on which they serve.

US House: Committee Assignments of the 113th Congress

Some of the Committee’s have no fewer than 5 subcommittee’s. For instance: The US House Committee for Energy and Commerce has 6 subcommittee’s.

FAQ’a from the Office of the Clerk  US House of Representatives:

*Note: I couldn’t find the annual cost of Congress or the Committee’s and subcommittee’s. I suppose it’s buried in the US Budget somewhere. However, I did find the website where Legistorm has a listing of staff of Congress and their salaries by name and by Committee. For instance the Committee for Energy and Commerce is lists for  2014- $4,488,796 which is for staff salaries for aides only. It didn’t include other fixed costs such as furniture, utilities, electronic equipment, etc.

When you add the cost of their offices, benefits both for the elected and staff, utilities, franking privileges, general cost of Congressional buildings, maintenance, maintenance  personnel, dining and probably more, the Cost of Congress is heading into the billions.

It does make one wonder if the return of the kind of governing is worth it and that Congress should make more of an effort at doing their own efficiency and cost cutting instead of saying others should.

Categories: Economics, Politics


5 replies

  1. I do believe we’ve allowed Congressional people to morph into make do work entity.

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  2. Should We Outsource Congress? Maybe it could be done more cheaply from Mumbai. Certainly couldn’t be done any worse.

    I don’t mind paying $2.5 billion a year for the operation of the U.S. Congress. But someone who goes to Congress with the intention of doing nothing…and then suggests that our big economic problem is all of the unemployed Americans looking for handouts instead of a jobs?


    • Maybe not outsource Congress but their Committee’s and subcommittee’s, now that ‘s a thought 🙂

      They only have no intention of doing anything but get reelected after they’ve been in Congress. I think all that kowtowing gets to them.,

      sidenote: I met Alison Grimes yesterday. There’s a lot of people in KY that are working on replacing Mitch. 🙂

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  3. Maybe you should read storyartist’s first opus here at World News Forum again. The Republicans have spent decades gutting congressional staffs. The result is a Congress that can no longer do its job; but costs have not gone down.

    Our government has in fact been outsourced. But not to India. The Koch brothers and their giant corporate partners are now running our government. They want small government because it doesn’t have the ability to interfere with their agenda.

    We don’t need smaller government. We need government that works for the people.


  4. I am for a No Work, No Pay rule in Congress! Throw the lazy bums out!


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