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The Cost of Congress

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.