Congressional Reform Act to Restrict Congressional Privileges
1. No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when he or she is out of office. Serving in Congress is an honor and should not be a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s) and then go home.
2. Retirement. Congress (past, present & future) will participate in Social Security as every other citizen. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund will be moved to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. Social Security funds may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Pay Raise. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay is to be halved immediately and then will rise by the lower of CPI or 1% per annum.
4. Health Benefits. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
5. Laws. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
6. Contracts. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective six months after this constitutional amendment passes. Contracts made of, by and for Congressional members will no longer be allowed.
7. Term Limits. Term limits are restricted to four terms in Congress (8 years) or two terms in the Senate (12 Years) or any combination of 14 years total. If a Senator is in a term and her or his 14 total years in Congress completes, he or she will vacate her or his seat, even if that 6-year Senate term is not completed.
8. Budget Deficit. If a two-year Congressional term has a budget with a deficit, no then-currently sitting member of Congress who voted to raise the deficit will be allowed to serve another term in Congress. This includes during war time. No "off-books" accounting is allowed.
9. Civil Liberties. All laws restricting civil liberties passed since January 20, 1981 will be revoked. Any member of Congress who introduces a bill or votes for a bill that restricts civil liberties will become ineligible to run for another term of Congress. Any restriction of civil liberties must be passed by constitutional amendment.
10. Earmarks (Pork). All bills or amendments added to bills for earmark projects in one's own district will make that member of Congress ineligible to run for another term of Congress. If such a bill or amendment is introduced in the member's last term in Congress per the term limits (see above # 7), then the dollar amount of that project will be deducted from that member's current (and future if necessary) Social Security account.
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