Why don't Congressmen and women and Senators have secret service?

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    I was amazed to learn that Ms Giffords had no security at this event and that it's the norm for Congress men and women and Senators to not have it.
     
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    That would cost a lot of money. We can't afford it.
     
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    the president and presidential candidates are entitled to secret service because of potential damage to the country in the event something were to happen. they are much larger targets. succession isn't an issue with a congressperson.

    i don't think most of them have needed it.
     
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    You can bet that will change now. And before this, not many incidents in recent memory?
     
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    Yep we need to sopend a few more billion on that.

    Sheesh this country did not used to be like the middle east.

    And yep Modbert it will be high priority legislation, like after 911.
    Remember what one of the first things congress did then?
     
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    I'd have no problem with congress carrying their own weapons for protection. Do any of them do this?
     
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    I think they're assigned Secret Service if there's any threats. I went to elementary school with the kids of a US Senator, and he'd come to the school a lot, without any sort of security, except when there was a direct threat - the Secret Service pulled the kids out of school in the middle of the day. I don't remember exactly what the issue was, it was a long time ago.

    Politics also probably has something to do with it as well - having a large group of armed security would make Congress members look out of touch and elitist.
     
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    The Secret Service was budgeted $756,000,000 for protection for 2010. Here are who they are authorized to protect.

    Assigning USSS to congress would dramatically increase the cost and need for qualified USSS agents. This is an isolated incident and we should not rush to judgement here. The only way this could have been prevented was with a full scale presidential detail and that is impossible.

    But for the next few weeks there needs to be due dilligence because of the threat of copycats.
     
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    If I were a Congressman and was offered Secret Service protection, i'd refuse it.
     
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    I am not surprised. These are the people's elected officials. Surround them with security and they gain royalty status. As though they are more important than the people they represent.
    This is an isolated incident perpetrated by one kook.
    We cannot run into hiding and start building fortresses around our selves.
    This is a risk elected officials will have to take.
    What kind of nation are we if we have to be in constant fear of being attacked by crazed idiots?....Before anyone screams "SECURITY!!!!!"...think of the consequences.
     
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    I think off duty police officers would fill the bill and reduce the cost substantially. The cost could come out of their office fund.
     
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    great now people who cant afford personel body guards cant run for office.

    By personal I mean ones who they know and are hired to protect the specific canidate.
     
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    Do you have any idea what round the clock protection for the hundreds of members of Congress woud cost??

    Get real. If the members of Congress are scheduled to appear at an event and think they need extra security then they can contact the local PD's.

    Off duty cops will be more than happy to act as protection and will be far less expensive than SS.
     
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    LOL, As if they aren't already.
     
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    Because the Secret Service protects the nations leaders and foreign dignitaries, not Congress. If a member of Congress wants protection they can call the Capital Police, or local police. Providing 535 people, and their families, with Secret Service protection would be a waste of time and money.
     
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    I suspect many Congresspersons do not want the police around 24/7. Makes it harder to commit fraud on the American public with law enforcement officials present.
     
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    Yeah, I understand your analogy, but literally, it fails. The crimes that Congresspeople commit aren't the type that a cop or a Secret Service guard would notice. Congressmen don't mug passerbys, they pass bills that line the pockets of their friends, and get campaign donations in return.
     
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    Pope Mobiles for everybody!! :lol:
     

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