CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SHOULD RECEIVE CUTS TO THEIR BENEFITS, NOT THE NEEDY

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CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SHOULD RECEIVE CUTS TO THEIR BENEFITS, NOT THE NEEDY
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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John Boehner and the House Republican Leadership have been dragging their feet on the extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for the past three and a half months. Now that the bill has been passed in the Senate, as soon as Congress gets back from their latest recess, it is imperative that the Boehner allows this bill to reach the floor of the House!
Why is it the middle class and lower class are put on the choing block when they work the hardest for their country? Those who make our laws should be made to also live by them, including Social Security and National Healthcare~
What is good enough for me is good enough for thee.....all peoples are required to have benefits that comply with affordable health care...elected officials and government employees should have the same
I have thought salary reductions were in order for years during better times; now I demand it as the right thing to do just out of decency. Especially now, no bonus, raise or budget increase for running our country into the ground. What is voted on as good enough for the populace should be good enough for our government officials - period.
Being in public office should be the equivalent of being in the private sector. This means our elected officials should pay for their own staff salaries, furniture, travel, meals, health insurance, etc.

When over one-half of our government are already millionaires why should the taxpayer foot the bill for their excesses? Three full time calligraphers in the White House for a combined salary of $277,050 (2013)?? Give me a break!
Congress should cut their pay, Everyone has learned to do without yet they keep getting more. Boehner is the worst, they forgot why government was created. Government was created for people, Not the other way around. We should start all over and kick them all out, starting with the Republicans and their Oil friends.
Congress should cut their pay, Everyone has learned to do without yet they keep getting more. Boehner is the worst, they forgot why government was created. Government was created for people, Not the other way around. We should start all over and kick them all out, starting with the Republicans and their Oil friends.
These people get voted in as public servants, not royalty. my suggested changes:
1. eliminate lifelong pensions for 5 years service. Cut furnishings in their offices to $20,000
3. Cut Boehners $1 million per year; he's useless and does nothing now.
4. Cut salaries to $100,000 per year, and since they take so much time off per year.
As a nation, are we really going to stand by, and let these money hungry narcissist, sell us out, and destroy our planet? No more special interests, no more lobbyist. No more big money in politics. Forget about church and state. We need a law, separating the uber wealthy and state. AMERICAN REVOLUTION NOW!
the congress & the senate need to take a pay cut . Big Time !! And both need to pass the $ 10.10 now !!