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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Things need to change. I'm hoping the Democratic Party, winning the election for president, will bring the changes we need.
Things need to change. I'm hoping the Democratic Party, winning the election for president, will bring the changes we need.
Why should they have such great pensions when our military have to fight for what they get. Last time I looked I never got a chance to have an input on their pay or retirement. They want to mess with SS they need to do right and cut their pay! As a patriotic citizen America makes me ashamed! The men in my family who DIED for this family would disown America!!
And they wonder why we the people are disgusted.
This is ridiculous. Salary, benefits, pensions should be cut until every penny paid back to SSI and in the future only awarded with a federal vote. This is how it is managed in states. No individual on the planet can vote themselves raises in pay and benefits except our federally elected officials. In 2014 they voted to reduce pensions for multi holder unions....they should have voted the same cut for themselves. Decreases in benefits should come automatically until we have a balanced budget.
It's not right! The average American income has not increased while the cost of living has skyrocketed!!! We can't afford to care for our teeth, build savings or take a weeks vacation never mind a month!
Let's make public which politicians actually favor this and while we're at it let's see who would supplement these politicians through lobbyists.