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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It is a rape of the American people that Congress can vote their own benefits, raises and vacations.
Are for fathers would be rolling in there graves these people are supposed to love the country voluntary do the position not rape us give them health care and thats it stop these greedy jerks
Lower your ****ing wages you fat greedy*****douche bags
We (military members) already struggle to find shared homes, roommates and I've know of people getting a part time jobs. How can you serve your country 24/7 and still Uber or work part time to get extra moneys? --Outrageous.
Disgraceful that they'd want to cut social security.
Just not fair....this has to change.
A government that votes for thier own pay raises is not a government of the people!! We work for our pay/salaries, and we cannot dictate it's worth or value , a just government should not either!! So why should these comfortable dinosaurs!
You all need to get on Jeff Miller to bring 969 to the floor for a vote. Blue Water Navy
We should get to determine what they get for retirement as it's our money they're being paid.
I think that it isn't fair that the senate continually gets pay increases even though they accept money from bigger businesses to ignore what's right for the citizens of the United States and only focus on how they can keep their seat to experience a nice pension plan after five years.