http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Congressional_offices_and_staff Some interesting summations: According to the article, staff and office costs for Senators "ranged from $2,264,345 to $3,751,995". Let's take the bottom number and multiply it out. $2,264,345 x 100 = $226,434,500. So, at a minimum we are spending over 200 million dollars a year on the staff and offices of just the Senators! Outrageous! Now, let's check the Representatives. According to the article, the "total amount of allowance provided to Members of the House ranged from $701,136 to $1,636,750". Let's do the math again, still using just the bottom number. $701,136 x 435 = $304,994,160. So, at minimum we spend over 300 million dollars a year on the staff and offices of the Representatives. Again, outrageous! For those of you keeping count, that's over half a Billion dollars a year spend on the offices and staff of Congress. That doesn't include all the other costs involved with the Legislative Branch that aren't tallied up per an individual office. My proposal? Give each member of Congress a single staffer. Their office budget should compare to a private sector budget for an office of comparable size (1 executive with a single staffer). Travel expenses should be reimbursed, but budget should be kept in mind the same as in the private sector. No congressman should be allowed to fly or travel above business class. We should provide a dormitory for Congress when they are in session. The dormitory would be of Embassy Suites level of comfort (for those that have not stayed in Embassy Suites, they are nice, but not overly fancy). If a congressman decides not to stay in the dormitory, they pay out of pocket.