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November 4th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Roll Call: Congress' Rich Now Richer

You've heard the saying: "The rich get richer?"    Perhaps nowhere in America is that better illustrated than the U.S. Congress.   Capitol Hill's newspaper, Roll Call, crunched the numbers and found that the net worth of all members of Congress rose an astounding 25% over the past couple of years.      Roll Call found that 40% of Congress  – 219 members- are millionares.   That's an average net worth of 3.8 million dollars per lawmaker.     Here's Brooke's interview with Roll Call's investigative editor Paul Singer, who crunched the numbers for the article.

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  1. John from Erie, Pa

    In most case it takes a lot of money to be elected to congress so this should be no surprise that so many are millionaires. It's too bad that they campaign to do what's best for their district but instead they join the "good ol boys" club once elected. Once they become a member they take care of special interests instead of the constituents that elected them.

    November 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  2. Ryan From Moncton, NB

    I'm a proud Canadian and I love CNN, I was discouraged on how long it takes to raise a debt ceiling. I have a job where something is expected of me. Does Congress need to do anything? Can't you fire them all? What can the American people do to give them the boot?? I know they would.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:46 am |

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