The last two years of Congress have been the most expensive in history.
The tenure of the 111th Congress spent more than the first 100 Congresses combined, adding more than $3 trillion in debt, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury. That adds up to more than $10,000 for every person in the U.S.
The 111th Congress has surpassed its nearest competitor, the 110th Congress, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.
The news comes roughly three years after a newly sworn in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., promised to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility.
"After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as you go, no new deficit spending," Pelosi vowed in an address from the speaker's podium on Jan. 4, 2007. "Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt."
CNS News reported that the total national debt is now nearly $14 trillion which comes to nearly $45,000 for everyone in America.