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Ep. 2: Going Broke Working for Congress

The Cloakroom

Working on Capitol Hill may sound glamorous, but for many congressional staffers their salaries don’t match the importance of their jobs. A Roll Call analysis shows stagnant salaries — starting at around $35,000 a year – lag far behind living costs in the nation’s capital — a phenomenon that could lead to brain drain on the Hill. CQ Roll Call’s Chief Content Officer David Ellis discusses the issue with Phyllis Jordan, congressional editor of Roll Call, and reporters Rema Rahman and Sean McMinn.



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