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New Constitutional Amendment #31

Updated on January 17, 2012

Due to Congress being unable to police themselves and due to the arrogant and corrupt behaviour of many Congressional members, it is time for the people to put their foot down and create limits for our elected representatives. It is sad that they cannot police themselves and that their is a need for such legislation.

Being elected representatives, it is outrageous that they get a pension. They are not and should not be classified as employees. They are elected to serve the people and they have voluntarily chosen their course. Compensation should not be motivation for serving your state or country.

Members of Congress have some of the best health care in the world. They need to be invested in it. Therefore it is only reasonable to expect them to share some of the cost.

Many legislators upon leaving office, stay in Washington to peddle any influence they may have, to the highest bidder. To mitigate the potential for untoward behaviour, they need to be prevented from contact with current legislators for a reasonable period of time.

In this spirit I offer the following amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Restricting Congessional Benefits and Post Election Influence

Section 1.

No member of Congress who is elected or appointed to office after this amendment is ratified shall receive a federal pension as a result of their election or appointment.

Section 2. All members of Congress shall contribute a minimum of 50% of the cost of their health care premiums.

Section 3.

Compensated Congressional Staff shall be limited to a maximum of 2 per Representative and a maximum of 4 per Senator.

Section 4.

Any member of Congress, upon leaving office, voluntarily or otherwise, shall be prohibited from lobbying any member of Congress or their staff for a period of 3 years after leaving office.

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      logic,commonsense 

      6 years ago

      tt, thanks for stopping by!

      There are a lot of perks that Congress and the President have that we could cut out!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      The idea of only having 2 aids/assistants would save millions. When Nancy Polosi was speaker of the house it was said she had 32 aids. Who knows how many she has as a regular rep.

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      logic,commonsense 

      6 years ago

      Pop, you are right it is extremely repulsive to the nth degree!

      You may be right, it may not fly, but I guess that won't keep me from trying! Guess I may have some Quixote blood in me! :)

      Thanks for coming by, always love to have your input!

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      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

      Great idea that will probably never fly. But imagine what would happen if Congress were subject to the same rules we are. Why I think we just might have fair legislation. What's happening now is repulsive.

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      logic,commonsense 

      6 years ago

      RJ, thanks for the comments and for stopping by. You are absolutely right, we need do something NOW!

      Heading over to your hubs!

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      R. J. Lefebvre 

      6 years ago

      logic,

      I agree one hundred percent! If I'm not mistaking senators and congressmen were earning (?) a few hundred thousand/year a decade or two ago, I'v heard they are now pulling in 7 or 8 hundred thousand/year. To top that off, many if not most, become lobbyist when they retire!?

      I have two hubs dealing with our mess: Every Vote Counts and Who Is Incharge. We need to do something pronto.

      Ronnie

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      logic,commonsense 

      6 years ago

      ib, you are so right. We the people let them get away with criminal activity. Time to put a stop to it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Kwame, time for the electorate to check in! We are at a perilous moment in out history and if we do not step up we will be stepped on!

      Thanks for your comments!

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      KwameG 

      6 years ago from MS

      Good idea, probably will never happen - sheep or not, most people have no interest in playing the Game.

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      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      The problem with any solution to the problems of Congress is the people. The people are apathetic sheeple.

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