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 (9,727)
Nov 10th, 2018
Someone from Brenham, TX writes:
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I want the members of staff in Congress to get the same benefits as the American population as far as retirement and health care.
Oct 27th, 2018
Stephen G. from Huntington park, CA signed.
Oct 20th, 2018
Patricia E. from Michigan City, IN writes:
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do we have any doubt about our elected officials feeding at the trough while calling Social Security an entitlement program?We the people need to cut these bottomfeeders off at the knees.
Apr 24th, 2018
Lawrence K. from Edmond, OK writes:
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aLL OF OUR sENATORS AND cONGRESSMEN NEED TO BE REPLACED All of our Congressmen and Senators need to be replaced. They are all corrupt!
Mar 1st, 2018
Ruben M. from Elgin, IL writes:
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Cut pensions eliminate them social security only for all political people.
Feb 8th, 2018
Gayle H. from Sterling Heights, MI writes:
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Those in power do not know the roadblocks that currently exist for low-income, elderly or sick people face just putting dinner on the table. They are the weakest subset and make easy targets for those who don't think about setting a $100 bill on fire and have great fun at their parties doing so. Each of them should have to divest themselves of all their riches and live for a minimum of one year facing the same things these people do. They must have to live exactly as all those who are always dismissed do. They each should also get paid hourly wages, be productive and supportive. Should never be installed for life but have to win their seat every two years. It is very sad to kick people when they are down and I have seen a lot of the powers kick the hurting ones just to inflict pain and make themselves feel better.
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.

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