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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This is ridiculous i cant not work and get paid and neither should they
I am sick and tired of the people receiving all these perks and yet they play the major party control to do whatever they want and they do not do their jobs and get the things done on time to run this country and the people suffer from their actions over and over again we need term limits on these clowns
I couldn't agree more. Wow I'm glad I found this website. I was just thinking about the extra taxes Alabama is imposing to pay for budget cuts. Then it got me thinking that why don't their pay get cut too? I agree whole heartedly with your cause brother.
Time for Fiscal Responsibility!
FIRE THEM ALL...THEY ARE NOT THERE FOR THE PEOPLE BUT FOR THEMSELVES. STOP VOTING, STOP PAYING TAXES TO A CORRUPT SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY JEWS/ZIONIST ISRAEL.
Just makes sense, or are you in more need?
I am a struggling senior citizen, social security may be cut. The senate and congress must take cuts in their paychecks and benefits.How can they come to us telling us what they are going to do help our country it really doesn't matter to them because thy are set for life.
No member of congress should be receiving such benefits as these listed above. Especially when our debt is so outrageous. Cut these funds first and such others like dept. of education, sending funds to other countries, and the ridiculous spending on trips and paying for illegals to be cared for in our country. With all this cut we may be able to pass a minimal budget and start paying our debt. It would also be good PR for DC to have such spending cuts. People aren't very trusting of the government and very leary of even new members; to be able to take such drastic measures to our debt without raising taxes, could be good for all members of congress in upcoming elections.