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George Santos and Kevin McCarthy caught laughing hysterically after they pocket $800,000 during 15 votes for speaker
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Congress collected more than $800,000 in salary during the chamber’s protracted speaker fight — during a period when they technically were not members.
The pols officially become members of Congress — leaving behind the title of Rep.-Elect — when they are sworn in by the Speaker of the House. The event usually takes place on Jan. 3, the Constitutionally mandated start of each new Congress.
But because Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) failed to clinch the votes to become Speaker until the early morning hours of Jan. 7 — a delay not seen since before the Civil War — members of Congress swiped four days of payment before they were actually sworn-in as members.
During their four days as representatives-elect from Jan. 3-7, they made about $813,867.