Congress: A Not So Humble House

A Not So Humble House

The "people's House" is becoming richer and richer. Figures reported last week by New York City's Democracy Project, a liberal think tank, and the Public Interest Research Group, a similar institution in Washington, D.C., showed that the wealth of the 43 new members elected last year to the House of Representatives was almost four times greater than that reported by the 77 freshmen elected in 1978, after accounting for inflation. On the average, each of the 43 Representatives had assets of $251,296, vs. $41,358 for the 1978 group. Among the new lawmakers are as many as 15 millionaires, compared with only...

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