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An Act for Salaries

"An Act for establishing the SALARIES of the EXECUTIVE OFFICERS of Government with their Assistants and Clerks," August 31, 1789

National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. Senate

The Constitution briefly described the establishment of the executive and judicial branches, but the responsibility for organizing and funding the two branches of Government was left to Congress. This bill established the salaries of the first executive office holders. Separate legislation set the annual salary of the President of the United States at $25,000.

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