- House Members Worth $1 Billion
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are worth at least $1 billion.
An analysis of financial disclosure forms by Roll Call, a sister publication of Congress.org, found 125 lawmakers were worth more than $1 million.
Overall, the representatives, nonvoting delegates and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico were worth at least $1.13 billion, with a minimum debt of $125.69 million. (Numbers are not exact because Members only report a range of their net worth.)
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest House lawmaker, with a minimum net worth of at least $164.65 million, while Democratic Rep. Alcee Hasting is at the bottom, with negative $2.13 million.
- Military Suicides Higher than Casualties
More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.
As of last week, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide this year, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq.
Lawmakers in recent years have been increasingly concerned about the growing problem of military suicides, especially in the Army. They have been holding hearings, passing bills and approving billions of dollars more than requested to improve mental health care for military personnel and vetearns.
But even those who have been most intensely focused on the issue said they found the new numbers alarming.
- Take a Good Look at the Health Care Bills with Easy-to-Use Search Feature
The Senate has just released its version of the bill, and . . . it, too, is big. Now, you're likely still curious about what's in both of them--but maybe not curious enough to leaf through all 2,047 pages. Thankfully, the New York Times is going to help meet you halfway. They've got a handy feature that allows you to scan both documents, or see all the differences between the two versions on a single page--making the experience of dissecting and making sense of the thing much easier. It's called, aptly, Search the Senate Bill, and it finds any keywords you'd so desire to search for in the hulking text of both documents.