House members handed out bonuses to staffs during budget crisis
Even as deep federal
budget cuts loomed at the end of last year, members of Congress from both
parties paid taxpayer-funded bonuses to their staffs.
members spent about $21.5 million more on their office payrolls for the fourth
quarter of 2010, when bonuses are traditionally paid, than they spent for the
average of the three previous quarters, according to LegiStorm, a Washington
group that tracks congressional pay.