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Investigation: Waste of the Day Throwback Thursday – Congress Hires Staff, Builds More Office Space

By Adam Andrzejewski

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In 1975, Congress expanded, hiring more staffers for the Senate and House, and more space in new buildings, costing the taxpayer $108 million — $618 million in 2023 dollars — earning Congress a Golden Fleece award in June of that year.

Sen. William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin, awarded the administration for its wasteful and nonsensical spending, eventually handing out 168 Golden Fleece Awards between 1975 and 1988.

The award was given to Congress “for living high off the hog while much of the rest of the country is suffering economic disaster,” Proxmire wrote in 1975.

In its self-indulgent spending spree, the Senate approved the addition of up to three new committee staff employees per senator at $34,000 each salary — almost $195,000 in 2023. While Proxmire assumed not all senators would use their allotment adding up to $10 million, he estimated they would spend between $4 million and $6 million.

Earlier in the year, the House of Representatives increased expense allowances for equipment, travel, newsletters, phones and more by $23,000 per member, for a total of $10 million.

The House also added another 735 staff positions, costing a minimum of $6 million.

Of course, with all this new staff, they needed more space, so the Senate began constructing a third office building at a price tag of $85 million.

“The ultimate congressional absurdity is the $1.3 million the House will spend to automate 19 elevators but retain the operators to run them,” Proxmire said. The House was following the lead of the Senate, which already had automatic elevators in the Dirksen Office Building but kept their elevator operators.

“Congress owes it to the public to live simply,” Proxmire said. “In their prerequisites and style of living, Senators and Congressmen should not be too far removed from the trials and tribulations of the average citizen whom they represent.”

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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