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Since 2000, about how much has US debt increased for every $1 that we paid members of Congress?

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  • $750 (4% people answered this)
  • $3,200 (10% people answered this)
  • $11,500 (26% people answered this)
  • $46,300 (58% people answered this)

406 people answered.

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Correct answer is: $11,500

We'd say that's a poor return on investment. Since 2000, for every $1 we have paid members of Congress the total federal debt has increased by an estimated $11,654. The federal debt has increased by more than $10.6 trillion since the year 2000, and over that time period it's estimated the salaries of all members of Congress has cost the taxpayer more than $916 million. And that doesn't include any cost of employee benefits. The scary part is that while our debt is at record levels, it's the future debt our nation will bear that is the real threat, unless we change course. Our politicians must finally come together and get the job done to secure our economic future.

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Tell Congress: No Deal, No Break is a nonpartisan campaign delivering a simple message to Washington: don't take any breaks until you reach a deal that brings our debt to a sustainable level.


By joining the cause you'll help communicate this message to Congress. You'll also learn how the nation's debt threatens our future. 
The campaign is led by a group of nonpartisan organizations concerned about America's future, including the Comeback America Initiative, The Can Kicks Back, the Common Sense Coalition, and The Concord Coalition and others.



Our nation's debt is at record levels, and politicians from both parties have failed to address it for quite some time. 

Take this quiz to learn just how much the U.S. total federal debt has increased for every $1 that we paid members of Congress since the year 2000. 

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