Pay Congress what Middle Class American's Earn
  • Petitioned Nevada Governor

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Nevada Governor
President of the United States
Nevada State Senate
Nevada State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Pay Congress what Middle Class American's Earn

    1. Doug Turner
    2. Petition by

      Doug Turner

      Henderson, NV

The United States Congress is accountable for providing a balanced budget and in tough economic times it is inevitable that cuts must occur. However, the cuts should be proportioned, fair, and just. Every American should contribute to producing and maintaining a balanced budget for our nation. This includes Congress, each member of which currently earns at least $174,000 per year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the mean household income in 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available) was $52,029. It is estimated that only 34% of individuals in America earn more than $65,000 per year and only 5% earn more than $166,200 per year, while members of Congress earn a minimum salary of $174,000 per year. Congressional leadership salaries are as high as $223,500 per year! Additionally, Congressional members cost the country staggering amounts in travel and business expenses, guaranteed health benefits for life, as well as vesting in a guaranteed retirement pension after a minimum of five years of service. Congress automatically receives an annual cost of living increase unless it votes not to do so.

It is not appropriate for Congressional members to be among the top 5% of wage earners in America. Members of Congress should earn incomes that reflect what the average working class American earns and should receive the same healthcare and retirement benefits that the average working class American receives. Expense accounts for Congressional members should be reduced or eliminated. In short, Congress should make sacrifices, just as it is asking every working class American to sacrifice in some way.  I ask you to take immediate action and enact government reform that demonstrates Congress is capable of leading America through an economic crisis and towards a balanced budget.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
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      Doug Turner
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for signing the petition to "Pay Congress what Middle-Class Americans Earn". We are getting closer to reaching our goal but need more signatures. Can you help? Please ask everyone you know to also sign!

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      Doug Turner
      Petition Organizer

      People across America, and literally across the world, are fed up with corporate greed and governments that are out of touch with the people they serve. Encourage others to sign this petition so we can show the American government the strength of the 99%! Visit www.occupywallst.org and learn more about the strength of the 99% too.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Gomez BELLEVUE, NE
      • about 2 years ago

      Their pay is ridiculous when all they do is sit and twidle their thumbs! I can't get away with getting paid for doing nothing, why do we continue to allow them to? Pay for performance might get Congress to actually DO something when they are in session.

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    • Stephanie Barrington ANACONDA, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      We, just like most working class families are struggling with the economy. It is an injustice that the Congress which is at least in part responsible for our current financial fiasco can sit comfortably back while the working class pay for their lifestyle.

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    • Victoria Henry LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      We can't expect to make our politician's rich and hope they'll understand and sympathize with the average American.

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    • Nancy Mukai LEESBURG, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe we should also take away all healthcare benefits. I think they would then take a second look at healthcare benefits for all Americans!!!!! I also believe they should only get paid for the days they are actually working, oh and hey perhaps their retirement benefits should be cut or stopped so they will quit sticking it to Social Security...or trying to rid middle Americans of that benefit that they have been paying into all their life! Take that Congress!

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    • Ryan Abanathy JONESBORO, AR
      • about 2 years ago

      Congress needs to be held fiscally responsible through this and other means.

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