Amount Congress earned during the shutdown[1]:
Duration of the shutdown:
16 days
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[1] The 532 members of congress (there are currently 3 open seats in the house) earn at least $174,000 per year. We convert this annual salary to the amount they are paid collectively per second. We then multiply this value by the number of seconds elapsed since the shutdown began at midnight on October 1, 2013 until it ended on October 17, 2013.