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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If senators are going to be paid by tax payers, they should get exactly what tax payers get. If the government wants to pay for their housing, then they shouldn't get a mansion. If it is just the senator and spouse, a 2 bedroom house is all that is needed. The cuts from these pays could go back into the important stuff like schooling and veterans.
The Congress has taken more time off than they have worked! When they are in session they do not get any of the people's s business done because they are too busy infighting. They work for us, the American people and I say they should get a hefty pay cut until they start getting some work done by working together. They should also be required to work a mandatory number of days each year.
All who serve should receive medical benefits from the Affordable Care Act. If they elect to hold different coverage, they should be responsible for their own coverage, as we are subject to.

I also believe that there should be a 401k for retirement rather than a defined benefit plan.

As for the "legacy" monies alloted, this funding should come from private sources rather than government coffers.
There should be a question while voting as if they should get a cut in their pay. Not have them put a cut in their pay. It is a joke to expect them to correct what would effect them. They only care for themselves.
Let them receive benefits for the amount of time they put in, like most Americans on a pension. I put in 24 years at my job and receive a pension based on the amount of money I put into it. I don't receive my full Social Security benefit because I had another retirement plan. Now I have to pay for my HealthCare on my own, which is a lot more than a Luxury car payment! Change the law to make the Congress and Senate have benefits like Most Americans! If they had to live off of Social Security, I'm sure they would pass a bill that would not increase the age and would try to find a way to Increase the Hell out of Social Security (because it would benefit THEM)!
The Medicaid system here in Washington State has to be one of the worst in the nation. Our elected officials here implemented a “spend down” Medicaid insurance. This means that the state requires people with an income more than $741 a month to accrue ALLOWED medical expenses in the amount of $996 in a 6 month period, and provide proof of those expenses, before they grant you “any insurance”. I certainly don’t call this democratic, since I’m disabled and rely on a modest income from what little disability I receive! And let me say that I am classified by the government as currently living at the 150 % poverty level according to my monthly income. And then I’m expected to pay my ESSENTIAL living expenses along with medical expenses to get Medicaid insurance? SHAME on “ALL these elected officials” for passing this despicable pathetic legislation. How disheartening and detached can you be to do this to people? I will do anything and everything to vote these elected officials OUT OF OFFICE, since they do not represent the best interests for Washington and the people of this country. Their ONLY interests are working to fill their already fat billfold with more money. Apparently the millions of tax payer dollars they make a year are not enough!
How is it that our solders don't receive hardly any benefits but the politicians that put them in harms way get massive benefits and retirement. What really bugs me is the politicians that sing praises and thank our heroes for there service. If you want to really thank them, try paying them.
Our founding fathers did the job for free as there duty. They should also.
It does not make sense that we as Americans PAY senators,presidents,and other officials a hugh salaries after they have left office. Let them either get another job or draw unemployment like the rest of us do. I just do not understand. Why not be fair and stop being so greedy.
Laws made more sense (and were not absurdly lengthy) before politicians received pay.
These are career politicians not statespersons. Less is better.
NOW IS THE TIME.
THIS IS THE PLACE.
WE ARE THE PEOPLE.
I wonder what percentage of their pay goes to charity, and I don't mean a write off.