Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members

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    Salaries and Benefits of US Congress Members
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    During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
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    How much do members of Congress pay for health insurance?
    Posted By John Henrikson
    September 25, 2009
    After hearing various claims (congressmen get free, gold plated health care), our D.C. correspondent Les Blumenthal decided to find out exactly what members of Congress pay for health insurance and what kind of coverage they enjoy. You can read the full story in Sunday's newspaper, but here's the upshot:
    They do pay toward premiums and deductibles.
    They have access to the same policies that other federal employees do (and federal employees get many choices).
    For extra money they can have access to care from the Office of the Attending Physician located in the Capitol and get treatment at military hospitals.
    Below is a roundup of what members of Washington's delegation pay monthly for health insurance.
    Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat: $356, including her husband.
    Sen. Maria Cantwell, Democrat: $140 for just herself.
    Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican: $469 including his wife, for health, dental and vision.
    Rep. Rick Larsen, Democrat: $365 including his wife and two children.
    Rep. Doc Hastings, Republican: $356 including his wife.
    Rep. Adam Smith, Democrat: $356 including his wife and two children.
    Rep. Norm Dicks, Democrat: $356 including his wife.


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    This is why I only approve of politicians who are willing to give some of their salary back to the treasury every year, Ron Paul is the only person I can think of who does this.
     
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    I need to find a way to get into Congress, they got all the good benefits.
     
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    I'd be happy to pay our Congress Critters a million dollars a year if they could limited to only working 2 weeks a year and in times of emergencies.

    Plus, we have the technology to allow them to "telecommute". They could stay in their States and Districts and get back in touch with the people who actually elected them.

    The "Inside the Beltway" influence is quite corrupting but Congressional pay is just a drop in the bucket.
     
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    Yup.

    They voted themselves in some pretty nice perks.

    NIce to see my taxdollar takes such good care of them and their families. Too bad I can't get the same cushy deal.

    Was also surprised to learn that of the top 10 richest in congress that seven were Dems. Imagine that.

    There are 261 millionairs in Congress.
     
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    No doubt, I think even if Zombies took over the earth like the show the Walking Dead, those clowns would STILL get paid.:cuckoo:
     
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    "Duh Winning" :tongue:
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right...

    ... dey oughta tar n' feather the whole bunch o' em..

    ... an' run `em outta Wasington onna rail...

    ... dey just a buncha politicians!"
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