Members of Congress work 128 days or less per year and an average of 7.4 hours per day. Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate make $174,000 per year. Based on the average American 52-week year, that amounts to $669 per day but calculated on Congress’ 128-day year, lawmakers are taking home twice the daily pay — $1,359 per day – for about half the working time.
Based on a normal 40-hour work week, lawmakers make $84 per hour. But figuring on their actual 37-hour workweek, they make $90 per hour.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says the United States would be better off if members of Congress spent less time in Washington and feels U.S. lawmakers should work part-time, be term-limited and not allowed to become lobbyists once they leave Congress.