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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Should cut their pay and retirement, should not be a full time career. Should have to retire on Social Security like the rest of us. Then maybe the SS trust fund would get repayed
Congress shall make no laws ....
Every politician in Washington should have their pay halved or even quartered, they should not be able to vote for their own pay raises, and every cent should go to the debt they put the nation in! This country was not meant to have career politicians, they were meant to come out when called and then go back to their jobs!
We The People Are Fed Up!
Senate and congress do not need benefits and should be striped from them at the peoples will. Not allowing them to have access to change things as they have always done in past.
Our Congressmen and women should be participating in the same healthcare system that they have put in place for all Americans!

NO more pension and NO more perks as a reward for an unbalanced budget !
It was never meant to be a career!
Because elected officials lack empathy, this is an opportunity to teach them empathy. This is achieved by cutting their pay and benefits to the average pay rate in their state and same benefits as citizens - Medicare and SS. Voila - empathy for the people and concern for these programs.
THIS IS WRONG!!!! CUT THEIR SALARIES BY $85,000 A YEAR!! NO PENSIONS, THEY should just get Social Security like us.