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Congressional Reform Act to Fix Congress

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1. Term Limits

12 years maximum total of accumulated service in both Congress & the Senate. Congress & the Senate are meant to be Public Service jobs, not a political career.

Terms limits are needed to help politicians do the following:

Break ties to special interests, lobbyists.
Destroy seniority/enhance meritocracy.
Improve timeliness of Congress?s thinking.
Eliminate power of ?old bulls? caucus.
Introduce fresh thinking, new ideas.
Improve tendency to vote on principle.
Provide inescapable, bracing reminders of what life in the real world is like.
Reduce power of staff, bureaucracy.
Increase competition among candidates.
Reform campaign finance.
Improve the quality of legislation.
Minimize Members' incentives for reelection-related "pork-barrel" legislation.

2. No  Tenure / No Pension. 

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

3.  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. 

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

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

6.  Congress will have an incentive plan. Their pay will decrease based on poor performance.

a. As the following goes up their pay goes down:
Budget deficit and national debt, beyond modest increase of CPI, Unemployment.

b. As the following goes down their pay also goes down with it:
Value of the Dollar, GDP

7.  Congress will calculate GDP without the sum of government expenditures on final goods and services. It includes salaries of public servants, purchase of weapons for the military, and any investment expenditure by government.

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

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

10.  All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

11. All Congressmen/women must uphold, protect, and enforce the Constitution of the United States as it was written by our founding fathers. They will take the following Oath:

"I, [name] do solemnly swear or affirm an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God"

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Public Comments (6,533)
Mar 4th, 2017
Mike Y. from Oglesby, IL writes:
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I would add at least one or two more to this list,1. Congress will also order through Congressional Legislation or an Amendment to the "Federal Reserve Act", of a full and Complete Audit of the Federal Reserve by an outside private Auditing Company not chosen by the Federal Reserve. If anything in this Audit is out of the ordinary, or illegal, the Federal Reserve will Immediately be 1. shut down, 2,. raided, by either the FBI or the U.S. Marshals Service 3. have all of their computers, documents, files ect confiscated and a thorough investigation will be conducted by the DOJ. 3. Congress would order through the same Legislative Act, for the Federal Reserve to include the price of gasoline as well as all other purchased goods or services in their estimation of what the Interest rates should or will be raised or lowered to. Currently, gasoline is not included in their formula, and therefore the actual costs of living and Interests for loans is not a true and accurate. Also, Congress would also demand through a Legislative Act that the Federal Reserve pay taxes on all of their interest payments made to them from the U.S. Government, more specifically, the Treasury Department. This is or should be or is a taxable revenue source, all other businesses in the U.S. is taxed on their profits, and the Federal Reserve should be no different. This tax on the Interest payments made to the Federal Reserve should be made to go back to when the Federal Reserve Act was 1st passed in 1913. The Federal Reserve has failed to pay this tax on their revenues from Interest paid to them because they have been exempt from taxation for all,of this time, that exemption needs to be abolished, so they as a For Profit Business will be taxed like all for profit businesses are.
Feb 2nd, 2017
Amanda Y. from Corbin, KY writes:
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I absolutely agree with this petition.
Nov 17th, 2016
Robert H. from Portland, OR signed.
Nov 16th, 2016
Betsy W. from Bell Buckle, TN writes:
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Everyone should rise or fall together, no matter what the position held.
Nov 16th, 2016
Someone from Leesburg, VA writes:
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Absolutely!
Nov 9th, 2016
Lauralee B. from Newcomerstown, OH writes:
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Agreed
Nov 5th, 2016
Someone from Clifton, NJ writes:
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TERM LIMITS !
Oct 22nd, 2016
Someone from Helena, GA writes:
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10 year term limits for Congressmen and 18 year term limits for Senators. That is what I think. I agree with everything else.
Oct 20th, 2016
Seth R. from Whiteford, MD signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Wilmington, NC writes:
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By the people, for the people