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Amend the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution

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The 27th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”

As budgetary issues continue to plague America, the legislative body never once experiences the loss caused by their own actions. The 27th prevents congress from losing a paycheck, even amid full government financial shutdown or crisis, which, in the current climate, is, in a word, reprehensible.

For most people, pay is based on performance. Holding a job is based on an individual's ability to do the job asked with a minimal rate of failure. Congress, however, seems exempt from such a restriction and, since the American people seem to repeatedly send the same out-of-touch millionaires to Capitol Hill, there needs to be another way to force them to perform more effectively.

Were their pay and perks to be affected, it's unlikely there would be as much of a traffic jam in congressional productivity. Knowing their pay could be swiftly and drastically affected might move them to act more quickly and efficiently in the better interests of the people who elected them rather than in their own.

A petition to amend the 27th would offer the opportunity to set rules about government waste and force Congress to a final level of accountability before they earn a single penny of their over-blown salaries.


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