Congressional Reform Act of 2013

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Article 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

Article 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

Article 3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

Article 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

Article 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

Article 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

Article 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

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I think doing this would help keep our congress a little less arrogant and untouchable. Maybe they'll do a better job...
Modifivations would help.
cut salary 5% and add 2 bonus features --1 10% of base salary at individual congressman level, 20% of base salary at full congress level. Both added to congressional elections every year with bonus equal to fraction of yes votes voted. Note 2 questions 1 my congressman deserves the individual bonus, 2 all congressmen deserve the congressional bonus. Bonuses to be paid retroactivily at the start of the next congess. Freshmen congressmen do not get any bonus.
Public Servants should feel the pain by staying at home of the poorest in his area (just 2 days in year, till he is elected)
Equality applies to benefits. If we take away the excessive power, we'll see who's drawn to civil service in order to actually serve the citizens.