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

Tell your elected officials they should go without, not poor, disabled and elderly citizens!

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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Public Comments (9,721)
Jan 7th, 2018
American u. from Westminster, CO writes:
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All the Senate sold have a mandatory pay cut to $25,000 and see if you can live on that then they won't be so quick at cutting benefits for low income earners, only you will get social security like everyone else
Jan 7th, 2018
Cathy A. from Austin, MN writes:
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Jan 5th, 2018
Someone from Alvin, TX writes:
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Especially for the democrats in office 2017 through now for lack of doing nothing but whinning all year. Congress in their right mind should realize they don't deserve all of these benefits, while people like myself worry how long they will live and how in their golden years. Shame on all of you, especially ones like Pelosi. She is now slipping in her thoughts but won't give it up
Jan 2nd, 2018
Someone from Winlock, WA signed.
Dec 29th, 2017
Brenda S. from Lake Worth, FL signed.
Dec 1st, 2017
Someone from Carrollton, TX writes:
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Representatives should be forced to live off social security like their constituents. Instead of touting their patriotism by wearing American flag pins, they can live like most Americans by not having pensions, no wage growth, no insurance.
Nov 15th, 2017
Someone from West Chester, PA writes:
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It's time for Congress to stop sucking off of the American people. They should not receive any more perks that regular people don't receive. It's also time for a law that reduces or provides that they don't get paid if they don't do their jobs - like pass a balanced budget on time. They absolutely should not be allowed to give themselves raises unless the American people vote on it. More incentives and penalties need to be put in place to get them to do the right thing. Put these items on the ballot and let Americans vote for them. Almost all employers have stopped providing pensions and so should Congress. They should be forced to save like the rest of us and get social security. I bet a lot of these changes could pay for tax cuts or subsidize programs for the truly needy. They are completely insulated from the harsh realities of life because they are sucking off of us and they have less and less to show for it. Also, they should only have 3 to 4 weeks vacation. By my count they have about 8 weeks vacation. Who gets that kind of time off in the real world? Also, PACs and Super PACs should be dis-allowed. Absolutely no campaign contributions from private corporations. I know the SC ruled that corporations are like people and so can contribute, but all the SC did was interpret the current law as saying that corporations are like people. It's just a law the Congress wrote before. They can change it.
Nov 15th, 2017
Someone from West Chester, PA writes:
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It's time for Congress to stop sucking off of the American people. They should not receive any more perks that regular people don't receive. It's also time for a law that reduces or provides that they don't get paid if they don't do their jobs - like pass a balanced budget on time. They absolutely should not be allowed to give themselves raises unless the American people vote on it. More incentives and penalties need to be put in place to get them to do the right thing. Put these items on the ballot and let Americans vote for them. Almost all employers have stopped providing pensions and so should Congress. They should be forced to save like the rest of us and get social security. I bet a lot of these changes could pay for tax cuts or subsidize programs for the truly needy. They are completely insulated from the harsh realities of life because they are sucking off of us and they have less and less to show for it. Also, they should only have 3 to 4 weeks vacation. By my count they have about 8 weeks vacation. Who gets that kind of time off in the real world? Also, PACs and Super PACs should be dis-allowed. Absolutely no campaign contributions from private corporations. I know the SC ruled that corporations are like people and so can contribute, but all the SC did was interpret the current law as saying that corporations are like people. It's just a law the Congress wrote before. They can change it.
Nov 14th, 2017
Someone from Boston, MA writes:
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I think it’s time to put the questions on the ballot and let the people decide 1. Should there be term limits for Congress and Senators 2. Should they have the same healthcare insurance that they pass for their constituents 3. Should all federial employees pay their fairshare for their healthcare coverage. 4. Should the US continue giving money to countries who openly want to destroy us 5. Should felons be allowed to run for office
Oct 27th, 2017
Someone from Antioch, CA writes:
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Nancy Pelosi makes over 800 a year. Really is that where my taxes go and I pay for her free Healthcare while barely making ends meet. This is not right.

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