(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will continue to collect his $174,000 taxpayer-funded salary without interruption while he is taking a leave of absence to seek “professional treatment,” according to the House Administration Committee, which has oversight over the congressional payroll.
In a 365-day year, a congressman’s $174,000 annual salary works out to $476.71 per day.
Weiner announced Saturday through a spokeswoman that he would be taking a leave of absence from his duties in the House of Representatives.
“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” said spokeswoman Risa Heller. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map our a course of treatment to make himself well.”
Weiner, 46 and married, has admitted sending lewd photos of himself to women he met online.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called for Weiner to resign from Congress, but the White House has stopped short of making such a call.
Rank-and-file House members earn $174,000 per year. The speaker is paid $223,500 and majority and minority leaders earn $193,400.
The House Administration Committee, chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren (R.-Calif.), oversees the day-to-day operations of the House.