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Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

I received this via email. I don’t know if anyone is actually working on this as a new law, a constitutional amendment or whatever… but it sure seems to me this would at least be a good starting place.

3 comments to Congressional Reform Act of 2011

  • Patricia

    YES!! NOW we’re talking! One other thing that needs to be ADDED, however, is: TERM LIMITS!! No more than 12 years in Congress total! Six terms as a Representative, 2 terms as a Senator, or 3 terms as a Rep. and 1 as a Senator. PERIOD.

  • jaznance

    Until anyone in public service (Senators, etc.) can prove they are not American citizens, they must abide by ALL laws that all laws that apply to America. If there is proof someone in office is NOT American…they are in the wrong building!

  • Vicki

    This makes so much sense. If someone isn’t working to make it law, they should be. It should be emailed… repeatedly… to every senator and representative until it becomes law.