"This report provides basic information on congressional salaries and allowances. First, the report briefly summarizes the current salary of Members of Congress, limits on their outside earned income and honoraria, available life and health insurance, and retirement benefits. Second, the report provides information on allowances available to Representatives and Senators to support them in their official and representational duties. These allowances cover official office expenses, including staff, mail, travel between a Member's district or state and Washington, DC, equipment, and other goods and services. Third, the report lists the salaries of Members, House and Senate officers and officials, and salary limits for committee staff. Congressional salaries have been frozen since 2009, and many allowances have been frozen or reduced in recent years. Additionally, the implementation of P.L. 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, changed the available health care options for Members of Congress and certain staff from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) to health care exchanges. Further information on salaries of Members of Congress may be found in CRS Report 97-615, 'Salaries of Members of Congress: Congressional Votes, 1990-2013', by Ida A. Brudnick and CRS Report 97-1011, 'Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables', by Ida A. Brudnick. Additional information on other topics may be found in reports referenced throughout."
CRS Report for Congress, RL30064