Often, Congress gets criticized for the fact that they vote for their own pay increases. But what about the fact that they vote on their own tax rates?
Roll Call has released a list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress, all of whom have assets valuing more than $6 million. Each year Congress has more and more millionaires, and each year they vote on whether or not the rich should continue to get tax cuts.
Starts to seem sort of like a conflict of interest, doesn’t it?
The two richest members of Congress, Republican Representatives Michael McCall and Darrell Issa, are worth over $500 million together. Add in number three, Democratic Senator John Kerry, and we’ve topped $700 million. Those three are the only members to have assets of more than $100 million, but 28 additional congressmen and women have at least $10 million each to their name. Nineteen of the fifty richest are Democrats, although only four of the top twelve are Republicans. Republicans then dominate the list of those who are worth between $35 and $6 million.
Click here for the full list of rankings, and see if your representatives are voting for, or against, their own tax increases.
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