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 (9,732)
May 14th, 2019
Teri E. from Smithville, MO writes:
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We no longer need congress or the senate! We the internet, let us represent are real views by voting on the internet! These people in the government haven't care about us! It nothing but a bunch of greedy soap opera show! Time to downsize!
Mar 27th, 2019
Thomas M. from Birdsboro, PA writes:
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Your also forgetting that they get paid$ for each and every committee they serve on! They should not be paid any more for any committee work it should be part of their jobs if they choose to be on a committee!
Jan 23rd, 2019
Beverly A. from Santa Ana, CA writes:
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Cut your own cell range try living on What an average person lives on and then take that away from you for three or four months. You’re Dragging Your feet While People have no rent money nothing to eat shame on you. Try living like they do without your income. Seeing your children go hungry kicked out of their home living on the street.
Jan 23rd, 2019
Beverly A. from Santa Ana, CA writes:
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Cut your own cell range try living on What an average person lives on and then take that away from you for three or four months. You’re Dragging Your feet While People have no rent money nothing to eat shame on you. Try living like they do without your income. Seeing your children go hungry kicked out of their home living on the street.
Jan 17th, 2019
Mary Beth B. from Carmel, IN writes:
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Drain the Swamp.
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.

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