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Surprise: During recession, Congress's wealth went up 5% while rest of Americans lost 39%

The Great Recession hit a lot of Americans very hard. But members of Congress largely skated through the terrible economic downturn, and many even came out ahead.

While the American median household net worth plummeted 39% from 2007 to 2010, the median estimated wealth of lawmakers increased 5% during the same period, according to The Washington Post.