No surprise here. Just didn't manage to boost their own salaries. The bill will raise the salaries of “officers and employees” of the United States Senate by $12.6 million in the coming year. The new bill increases the budget of the Senate to almost one billion dollars, at $919.9 million. That’s up by $50 million from last year. Justifying the increase, the summary states “the increase provides funding necessary for critical modernization and upgrades of the Senate financial management system and investments in IT security.” The House also decided to increase their budget, but not their salaries. It costs $1.2 billion to run the House of Representatives, a $11 million increase over last year. The salaries of Senate staffers will go from $182 million to $194.8 million this year. Also, Senators managed to increase their annual “expense account” from $177,000 to $192,000. That’s per year, folks. You want to see the rest of the ridiculous pork in the bill? Go to Congress Gives Themselves BIG Bonus In New Budget to learn about the $1 million for the "Cultural Antiquities Task Force."