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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Senate and congress should be required to adhere and abide by all laws and other legislation they pass.
This is NOT RIGHT! Cutting these programs and Social Security to the disabled and the elderly is WRONG! I, as well as all these other people, have paid or someone they are related too has paid into Social Security as well as their employers. I have worked hard all my life and all the others who receive Social Security have too. People can't help it if they become disabled or are born that way. To reduce or take away these benefits is cruel and very heartless. I would like to see anyone in Congress and the Senate try to live on only Social Security. There are so many people who are homeless, who are going hungry and can't afford their medication, basic necessities and other things they truly need. Taxpayers didn't make the mess this country is in. Those in office did! Why should millions of people have to suffer because of others mistakes. The government seems to care more about helping other countries when they can't even take care of their own people. That is wrong. I'm not saying that I don't care about other countries but American's should come first. The rich need to pay their fair share of taxes and not be able to use all these loopholes. Stop putting the burden of taxation on the middle class. Stop wasting money on ridiculous experiments and projects that don't need to be studied. Also go after those that fraud and abuse the Government's money and resources. I know that life is not fair, but those who live high off the hog (the Government) need to stop. Congress and the Senate, PLEASE take your blinders off and see what is really the problem and what is going on! This is supposed to be a Democratic Society, but that right is being taken away more and more over the years. We are human beings the same as you, so please treat us like you want to be treated!
They are the biggest hypocrits. They play god with our health benefits and retirement but they live the life of luxury...they make no sacrifices
If you cut my ssdi I am close to being 60 and I been disabled all my life I pay lots for supplement insurance I pay my own rent power bill and part d I can't afford to live if you cut me I will be homeless unable to afford medication that part d does not cover I think you should try living off the income I am on because without it I homeless I only get 16 dollars i n food stamps cut my benefits will put me on the streets what are you thinking? I love tovwork but I can't ivlive alone for 34 years and hearing this big cuts will put me on a halt to pay my supplement and other bills I have I will gladly dit down with you show you what I pay for and here you all want raise ? Please don't do this to millions like me out there who need it go after the fraud ones thank you think about it Joanna Wilson
Should cut their pay and retirement, should not be a full time career. Should have to retire on Social Security like the rest of us. Then maybe the SS trust fund would get repayed
Congress shall make no laws ....