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

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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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