The Nation: Not a Bad Lot

For the conscientious member of Congress, the job is one of the most demanding in public life. Yet no congressional seat has ever gone vacant because no one wanted it. One reason is that the pay, now $57,500, is good. And so are the fringe benefits. Among the compensating comforts are:

> A $7,000 personal expense allowance for each member.

> Thirty-three round-trips home each year at public expense, plus a minimum of $2,250 or 10% of the total cost.

> A stationery allowance—which can no longer be pocketed—of $6,500 a year.

> Almost unlimited...

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