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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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Every employee should have a performance evaluation based salary &/or raise.Never should Senate nor Congress have the power to change their own salary, benefits, expenses.WE THE PEOPLE can review their schedule, days off, present to vote and IF they voted per their constitutes preference (as is their job)!
Let their employer"us"decide by vote on state elections; what they deserve by a performance based salary & IF an increase is merited.
Also eliminate their base salary and change it to actual days worked.Health benefits thru AVA; average two wk. vacation with fourteen sick days.
What's good enough for The People certainly is good enough for our servants.!! 2104 they've worked less than ten months....DID THEIR PAY REFLECT MISSING DAYS IN SESSION??!!
They do not deserve any difference than any other normal working person. We all work hard to provide for our families and are not any better than you and I. These positions were not made for them to get rich. If the law won't change then no one should be in office for more than 3 years...this will put a stop right away. Let's put it to a vote to all the American people!
Congress should look at their own salaries when they're looking to cut government spending. They should also take a cut in pay or get fined every time they shut down the government because they refuse to work together. Compromise is a fact of life, yet this congress feels that it's OK to hold our country hostage so that they can get their way. Any member of Congress who refuses to work together to benefit this country should be voted out of office. We don't need a bunch of obstinant hotheads who can't get anything done.
These idiots are raping this country. If they resign, quit or serve their term, great, go find a job. They don't deserve the outrageous amount of money when they leave office when the rest of struggle to make ends meet. Since they can't and haven't done the job they were elected to do, they shouldn't get paid. They retire and live the life of luxury off the blood, sweat and tears of the hard working people of America.
Congress is not doing the job they are supposed to do. They work less than the average employee and although our government is hurting and ithers are taking pay cuts, congress is not suffering. The people of congress need to understand what their lack of competence is doing to our country. And understand that they are truely greedy people. Please help!
These people are getting paid way too much when they are supposed to be public servants. Even the President gets way to much money that should be going to teachers, police officers, retired and active duty soldiers, the old, disabled, and so many more. They should get the average income of the American people for the last 5 years. If they don't like it the only thing they can do is help the economy so the average pay would go up. These people don't deserve $150k plus a year. Think about all the thing we could do if we weren't paying them all the insane about of money we are plus all the benefits and perks they get for the rest of their lives and their families as well. Why do they get to decide how much they get paid? The rest of us don't! The average American makes about $47,000 a year and we manage to get by. Why do they get three times that plus all the health care and other benefits they get just for doing their civil duty by severing the people of our country. It's supposed to be a honor to be elected. Not a quick way to get rich and powerful. Our country's in trouble, but for some reason instead of fixing it and making if better for the people our government is making it worse by not addressing simple thing like this that could have a huge impact. It's time to fix this issue. It's time for the people of our country to come together and say enough is enough, that we won't stand by and watch our country implode like the Roman Empire. There's been a lot of damage done but we can still fix it if we don't keep sitting back letting our corrupted government dig us deeper and deeper into this hole we've found ourselves in. If we don't do something soon nobody is going to be able to help us, it will be too late. Let us make our country great again, let us put aside our differences and come together as one. We the People hold all the power, it's about time we remind them of that and end their rain of tyranny.
These people are stealing , and its unfair and unjust. They should be prosecuted.
Live like the rest of us! Stop taking our tax dollars to give to special interest that line your pockets!
Senate and congress should be required to adhere and abide by all laws and other legislation they pass.