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CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SHOULD RECEIVE CUTS TO THEIR BENEFITS, NOT THE NEEDY

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While members of Congress receive excellent pay,health care, and expensive perks and benefits, they target the needy and want to make devastating cuts to programs like SNAP (food stamps), and "Meals On Wheels", that millions of citizens depend upon to put food on the table. They also want to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare, that we have paid for out of every paycheck.

They want to make budget cuts that will hurt the most needy individuals, yet they do not go without. Most Americans have experienced pay cuts. Members of Congress and the Senate should also give themselves a paycut, be forced to change health care benefits, and receive the same benefits under the Affordable Health Care Act as everyone else. They should be forced to forfeit pensions, and eliminate, or make cuts to perks and other benefits they reap, if they are truly concerned with saving the government money, and decreasing the deficit.

Here is a list of the perks and benefits they receive:

1. Free parking spaces at the airport in Washington, D.C.

2. A generous pension, which is guaranteed to all members of Congress and the Senate if they have held office for 5 years or more. They also are entitled to Social Security benefits. They should be forced to forfeit this pension, and receive only Social Security benefits like everyone else!

In addition to this pension, Speaker of the House John Boehner will receive an additional $1 million per year, for up to 5 years, after he leaves office, "to facilitate the administration, settlement and conclusion of matters, pertaining to, or arising out of" his tenure as Speaker of the House. This provision will also allow him to rack up huge bills, to "archive" and document materials related to his time in office.

3. Senators get to shop at the equivalent of Congress' IKEA, furniture supplied through the Architect of the Capitol. Every senator gets $40,000, and potentially more, for furniture in their home-state offices.

4. Members of Congress can deduct up to $3,000 for expenses while outside their home districts or states.

Taxpayers are paying for all of this! Time for Congress and the Senate to make cuts to their own salaries and benefits, to decrease government spending and the deficit!

I demand that my elected officials in the Senate and Congress look elsewhere to make budget cuts, starting with their own paycheck, health insurance and other perks and benefits they receive, instead of targeting the poor, elderly and disabled. If they expect others to go without, it's time they did also!

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4 days ago
Someone from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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I so agree! most of them have never been kicked out of a hospital because their benefits are used! I was had a burst brain anuerism hemmmoragic stroke.No way healthyliving could have prevented that I'lll pray that God settles the score for me!
4 days ago
Sharon I. from Staten Island, NY writes:
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In this economy when people are struggling - It's unbelievable that congress gets all these Lavish benefits. They should pay for their medical On their own dime and not get benefits for life. Pensions after one term when nobody gets pensions Anymore and they are looking to cut all the social Programs? Disgusting!
1 week ago
Edward W. from Lynn Haven, FL writes:
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They are way over paid and don't earn whst they are getting.Take their pay and give it to our military and elderly.
November 16, 2016
Someone from Ridgewood, NY writes:
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CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SHOULD RECEIVE CUTS TO THEIR BENEFITS, NOT THE NEEDY
November 14, 2016
Someone from Rising Fawn, GA signed.
November 11, 2016
Dawn from Mahwah, NJ writes:
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We can't afford to take care of our veterans and this is why.
November 11, 2016
EILEEN L. from Jersey City, NJ writes:
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I think that this government should not cut or touch social security benefits or any kind of care or aid to the elderly or poor unless they give up their pay checks and all their perks. They do not know or care how it is to worry about paying rent or buying food or going to see a doctor. They are all out of touch which most of America. The only people they are in touch with are the super wealthy and it is very apparent that that is all they care about not the elderly or the middle class worker. WHERE ARE THE PETITIONS FROM AARP NOW THAT TRUMP WILL BE "PRESIDENT" TO PROTECT THE ELDERLY THAT THEY CLAIM THEY LOOK OUT FOR??????. I think AARP should get on top of this issue NOW not later when it is too late. Congress already ruined Social Security back in 2008 when they changed the age to receive it. What will they do next. TELL US WE CANNOT COLLECT UNTIL WE ARE 100 YEARS OLD. ALL THEY WANT IS FOR US TO DIE SO THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO PAY OUT. IT IS NOT THEIR MONEY AND THEY SHOULD SUPPORT THEIR OWN POLITICAL WARS WITH THE DEFENSE BUDGET NOT SOCIAL SECURITY.
November 11, 2016
Eileen L. from Jersey City, NJ signed.
November 11, 2016
Eileen L. from Jersey City, NJ signed.
November 10, 2016
Someone from Lehi, UT writes:
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Agreed. Took much money is being paid to ineffective politicians while we as the lower to middle class working American's see our wages stagnate and services and budgets we depend on get cut while the rich continue to make year on year gains in their personal incomes with paying less than most Americans or even no taxes at all on that income.