[Update: The figures cited below don't correspond with numbers provided by a federal database. Read more here.]
Using a formula based on the average annual salary ($174,000) of members of Congress, the total number of votes (1,654) taken in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th Congress and the salary-per-vote ($105.19) of House members, a Louisiana politics watchdog website has determined that Louisiana Reps. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, and Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, were paid $10,519 each in salary for 100 votes they missed.
Similarly, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, earned $8,730 and change in salary on the 83 votes he missed while Reps. John Fleming, R-Shreveport, and Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, pulled down just over $7,000 each for 67 votes missed. Data for the two newest members of the Louisiana House delegation — Reps. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, and Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans — were not available.
The numbers were compiled through The Washington Post’s congressional voting database by The Political Desk, a website outgrowth of The Jefferson Report begun by Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby as a nonpartisan exposé of waste and corruption in Louisiana politics. Ind contributing writer Jeremy Alford is The Political Desk’s lead writer.
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