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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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Apr 14th, 2017
Lisa P. from Arcata, CA writes:
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In terms of benefits, Congress enjoys the Cadillac while the American people are stuck with the Tin Lizzie...or a broken-down go-cart with a wheel missing. Cut your own damn benefits first!! We're sick and tired of paying for these do-nothing members of Congress and the Senate!!!
Apr 12th, 2017
Joanne J. from Torrance, CA signed.
Apr 8th, 2017
charles y. from Stephenville, TX writes:
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I agree. Congressme and senators salaries and benefits should be the starting poit for government cuts in spending>
Apr 7th, 2017
Someone from Westfield, WI signed.
Apr 4th, 2017
Someone from Saint Clairsville, OH writes:
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Government needs to make minimum wage and needs a term set. This was never to be a life career
Apr 4th, 2017
Someone from Sacramento, CA writes:
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Do you take the American people to be suckers...........if it is so great for America then set the example and use your own healthcare bill first...lead by example...
Mar 27th, 2017
Someone from Springfield, MO writes:
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We as a people are finally wise to the corrupt behavior that continues today in congress. Term limits, of course. Pay cuts, absolutely! They should be reviewed on their performance. They should not get all of pay until out of office that might make term limits more appeling to them. Something has got to change! The time is now. Stand up people. Stand up!
Mar 26th, 2017
Diana P. from Tell City, IN writes:
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They need to have the same insurance and benefits as we, the people, do. No more, no less.
Mar 25th, 2017
Someone from Lakeland, FL writes:
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Yes the good ole boys club has got to go. Washington is worthless
Mar 24th, 2017
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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How can we change these benefits?