It's show-and-tell time again on Capitol Hill as senators and representatives submit their annual financial disclosures. Congress appears to be a prosperous lot with all but a few of the elected elite making much more than the annual government salary of $60,662. For example, millionaires constitute more than one-quater of the Senate. Most trade on their status to demand high fees for outside speaking engagements; others have inheritances or investments to supplement their income.
Who are the wealthiest? Although the ethics in government law doesn't require disclosures to nail down specific assets above $250,000, this year's statements show that Heinz ketchup heir, Sen. John Heniz (R) of Pennsylvania, and Sen. Claiborn Pell, (D) of Rhode Island, rank among those in the top income bracket.m