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's my hope that the poor, elderly and disabled will realize that there are so many more of us than them. We can not simply except the status quo. These cuts are actually killing people! Whatever happened to firing people who don't do their jobs properly! At the very least it's time to stop rewarding them! Now!
Shame on all of you for the pathetic budget cuts you snuck into the Omnibus Budget Deal. Crippling the IRS, EPA, reversing finance reform so that once again banks can get rich while plummeting our economy, all while increasing the ability of corporations to finance your slimy reelections campaigns. You have not earned any of the salary, benefits, and perks that you receive. You want to talk about cutting "entitlements" or eliminating the "takers".....start by looking in the mirror!
With an approval rating of 14~%, Congress should be considered a failure. The entire system needs some restructuring. I agree, remove all lifetime benefits and perks. Furthermore, to gain membership on a committee, one must have extensive experience or skills that contribute to the overall benefit of the subject being governed. There is no reason that we should have an ultra conservative approach to science and technological advancement. We should be all working together as an entire planet of humans towards an end goal of complete human development.

I am ashamed to be an American, specifically because of the people that "represent" us. The two party system cannot possibly encompass the innumerable viewpoints and ideologies expressed by one of the more diverse countries in the world. Yet there are only TWO choices for representation. Let us rework the system and bring our civilization into the 2000's. We are still operating under incredibly anachronistic traditions and ideologies that have no place in the advancement of mankind.

Thank you for reading. I encourage everyone to open their minds even further and explore ways that we can plausibly bring about change in any number of ways.
I and other Americans are really tired of Congress getting away with not taking care of the people and the business of our Country. All it is to them from my point of view is to hell with the people ,lets get back at the Democrats! all they do is play with peoples lives. It is time to cut back on their worth which is not snuff to me! insubordination comes to mind! let them go out and pay for their own medical ,dental etc like others with 3/4 + less paycheck let them worry about their mortgage payment for a change
Members of congress should have to buy private health insurance, like most workers and they should not receive special compensation after leaving office and they should have to fund their own retirement that same as most workers have to. Also they should be paid only for the days they actually work, paying members who skip sessions and/or voting is ridiculous....
These gov men need to pay their dues like the rest of us. Why should tax payers have to pay for all of this???? And lifetime retirement pkg for a few terms? Give us a break. No wonder the public is angry.