Tuesday, October 11, 2011

United States Congress at Work ! Well Paid ! Overpaid ! You Bet`Cha !

Well Paid Congre$$...Great Job, If You Can Get It ?
House Republicans: Let's end the congressional death benefit
By Pete Kasperowicz - 10/07/11

Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and six other House Republicans — including presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — have introduced a proposal to terminate the financial benefits members of Congress receive if they die while in office. Under current law, members receive a full year's salary if they die in office. Posey said that while this payment was originally a form of life insurance for members, its existence is harder to justify in light of the current fiscal crisis. "I believe members of Congress should do what other Americans do, purchase their own life insurance," Posey said. "And with so many Americans struggling to make ends meet — mostly because of bad policy coming out of Washington — this taxpayer funded 'gratuity' just adds more insult to injury. It's no wonder Americans have such a low opinion of Congress." Another co-sponsor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), said if members of Congress want to provide for their families, they will "need to look somewhere other than this taxpayer-funded perk." The salary for rank-and-file members of the House is $174,000, but those in leadership positions earn more; House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is paid $223,500 a year.
Members of the Senate are paid on a similar scale, although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is paid $193,400 a year less than Boehner.

Editorial : It seems we keep our Congress persons, very well funded ! Republicans got another one correct. What`dya bet it does not get passed ? I know, how bout a bi-partisan passing...When pigs fly, maybe. Contact your Congressman/Woman here. > http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ or click on title ! They work for US....Yeah, when pigs fly again ! God forbid, that should live like us ordinary folks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, let's face it, they shouldn't receive the pay nor the benefits they get. Their pay level should be cut in half. (it would still be more than they are worth) Having said that, what we really need is term limits, no retirement, and health insurance where they have to contribute towards it like the rest of us! Another thing I think that most Americans don't realize is that they get automatic raises so the public doesn't criticize them like it did when they had to vote on it.