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Petition to Cut Congressional Pay before American's benefits

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The White House has a new program which allows average citizens to submit petitions on any subject for consideration by the administration. It's your chance to let people know how you feel. A petition must get 5000 signatures in 30 days to be viable. Here is my petition:

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Cut Congressional and staff pay and benefits before asking average Americans to take massive cuts in services!

The average Congressional salary is $174,000 per year plus benefits. If cutting the deficit and balancing the budget is so vital, Congress and their staff should take an immediate 30 percent pay cut before asking average Americans to accept any cuts in services.

Furthermore, If Congressional action (or lack of it) forces a government shutdown, members of the House and Senate and their staff should forfeit their pay for the entire duration of the shutdown and NOT be paid back for that period after the government resumes operation.

Finally, all future Congressional pay raises should be determined by a constituient referendum vote. No member of Congress should be allowed to vote himself a pay raise.

If you are of the same opinion, I'd appreciate you clicking the link below and adding your voice!
 
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/cut-congressional-and-staff-pay-and-benefits-asking-average-americans-take-massive-cuts-services/0Gw1nwkg

 

 

Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
SIGN PETITION FOR CONGRESSIONAL PAY CUTS

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers

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It is about time members of Congress learn about '... by Jillian Barclay on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 9:16:03 PM
Also, they should have to prove that they're not g... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 7:02:55 AM
Why wait till November, It's worth a shot. Maybe i... by Peter Lumetta on Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 at 10:40:23 PM
An average grunt defending the Wall Street Way-of-... by . . on Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 at 6:24:21 AM
I have an account and have used it today.  Th... by Ben Gardner on Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 at 6:06:25 PM
If so, I wonder why? :-) Though the petition only ... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Sep 26, 2011 at 7:35:46 AM