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Eliminiate Congressional Retirements for less than 20 years serv

There is no excuse for paying any congress person a retirment if they have not been in office for at least 20 years. They should not get an inflated reitrement from the tax payers. If they want a retirement paid for by the tax payer then they have to earn it. it should not be given to them for serving 1 or 2 terms in office. If they don't make it to 20 years of service then apparently they weren't doing a very good job anyway and should not be rewarded with a tax payer provided retirement. It should be stopped and eliminated.


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  1. Comment
    Community Member

    And what about the paid education for their children? As a federal government employee, the benefits should be the same across the board. I know I'm paying for my own education and my daughter will not have her education paid for.

  2. Comment
    Community Member

    Yes, I agree....But, there are some who could do a lot of damage in 20 yrs....

  3. Comment
    Community Member

    This idea has a false premise. See


    "Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension."

    "Members of Congress receive retirement and health benefits under the same plans available to other federal employees."

  4. Comment
    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    If they work for 5 years they get a pension. Sounds cushy to me. This needs to be eliminated. You work 20 years or more you get a pension. And they need to raise the retirement age to 65 on top of my idea above in order to receive that pension.

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    Community Member

    Retirement with an immediate, full pension is available to Members at age 62

    or older with at least five years of federal service; at age 50 or older with at least

    20 years of service; and at any age to Members with at least 25 years of service.

    Retirement with an immediate, reduced pension is available at age 55 to

    Members born before 1948 with at least 10 years of service. The minimum age

    will increase to 56 for Members born from 1953 through 1964 and to 57 for

    those born in 1970 or later.

    Retirement with a deferred, full pension is available at age 62 to former

    Members of Congress with at least five years of federal service.

    Retirement with a deferred, reduced pension is available at the minimum

    retirement age of 55 to 57 (depending on year of birth) to a former Member who

    has completed at least 10 years of federal service. The pension annuity will be

    permanently reduced if it begins before age 62.4

    See: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30631.pdf

  6. Comment
    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    The idea presented is not based on a false premise. It's based on fact that if an elected official does not work at least 20 years they do not deserve nor should they be eligible for any type of pension subsidized by the tax payers. They should have to serve a full 20 years to even be eligible for a pension / retirement. If they served 19 years 364 days they should still not get a thing. But then again i'm for eliminating any type of congressional pension at all. They should serve for the joy of serving.

  7. Comment
    Community Member

    In addition to being based on a false premise, the idea encourages politicians to be career politicians. The last thing I want to do is offer more incentives for Congressmen to be in office 20+ years. It should be one or two terms and done.

  8. Comment
    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    You as an individual have no say wheather a congress person serves 20 years or more. That is up to the indiviudal congressional districts and states. So are term limits. Of course I doubt congress would ever vote in term limits. You're assertion or assumption that my idea is a false premise is ridiculous as it is is an "idea"

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    Community Member

    Put congress on the same medical and retirement systems as the rest of us. Stop giving them GYM memberships for life, stop paying them make them earn their pay. Right now federal employees pays have been frozen for several years do the same to congress and sentors. Stop giving them tax breaks for going out to dinner, black tie events, ball games...etc. tell congress STOP.

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    Community Member

    Congress is in the FERS system. A federal employee can retire at age 62 with 5 years of service. If the Congress changes their retirement system, federal employees retirement system will also change.