Congress quotes: Nearly all members of Congress raked in salaries of $174,000 per year (not including outside contributions) since 2009, according to a Dec. 30, 2014 report from Congressional Research Service.
But according to popular opinion, these folks don't deserve six-digit compensation…
Public approval of Congress averaged 15% in 2014, and a record low 14% in 2013 according to Gallup.
One reason for such high disapproval of our nation's lawmakers: the things they say…
Here's a look at ten of the most infuriating, baffling, and even amusing quotes by congresspeople that have made America sour on the legislative body…
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10 Eyebrow-Raising Congress Quotes
"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said of the Affordable Healthcare Act at the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties in March 2010.
- "We also have an infectious disease, Ebola. And we don't know what we don't know about Ebola. We think we know it's a virus, but we don't know, is it mutating? Can it be spread by airborne?" – Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Oct. 21, 2014. While it's true "we don't know what we don't know" about Ebola, we do know it cannot be "spread by airborne" – a fact Rep. Duncan's own website is clear on, even though he is not…
- "This is my idea of fun." – Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said of the government shutdown in an Oct. 1, 2013 NPR interview.
"I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm." – Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). In a 30-second midterm campaign ad released March 25, Ernst explains how her background will help her "cut the pork" in Washington. Whether or not you're a fan of this unusual quote, Ernst's ad helped her defeat opponent Bruce Braley with 52% of the overall vote. She officially took office on Jan. 3, 2015.
- "If you see it on C-SPAN, it's probably not real." – Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), 2012.
- According to Reader's Digest, an anonymous former congressman who served more than a decade said, "If you're a prolific fund-raiser who brings millions of dollars to your party, you get elevated to a leadership position. It happens even if you're not an effective legislator and have no leadership skills. And, boy, does that dumb down the process."
- Are your taxes providing accessories to congressional office suites, such as blow-up mattresses and fancy-schmancy transportable cookware? "Like a lot of congresspeople, I sleep in my office. I'm either on the floor on a blow-up mattress or my couch. I cook in a little place across the hall that's for storage, and I've got a deep-dish electric skillet, a Crock-Pot, a blender, a fridge, and a microwave. I do the dishes in the bathroom sink." – Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), 2012.
- "Seniors love getting junk mail. It's sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they're part of the real world." – Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), April 2012.
- "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." – Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009.
- Seems Democratic Congressman, Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), had some legit geographical concerns back in 2010 that landed him on our list of ten most baffling congress quotes: "My fear is that the whole island (of Guam) will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." Johnson later claimed that he was kidding – or was he just covering up an embarrassing exchange?
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