Cut the number of congressmen to two per state and cut the number of aids to one per congressman. This should save millions of dollars a year.
Congessional Budget Office
Continuing Resolutions cause contractors to be layed off when contracts cannot be renewed. This has a significant negative impact on our economy, impacts the moral of the American people and hurts individuals directly and indirectly. 1) The uncertainty of a pending shutdown causes governement personnel to spend time and resources preparing for the shutdown. Whether it comes or not the time is spent and resources are ...more »
Every year the United States donates, lends, or gives money to other countries. If the United States did not give this money to other countries for one year, and did not spend money on items which we do not need, for one year, the US would save millions. The government constantly gives money away, I say hold back for one year, and take care of our own, just for one year. See what happens.
Events such as the Washington D.C Cherry Blossom festival should be funded through local business and private donations, not federal funding.
Currently there are 533 federal departments, agencies, directorates, and offices that receive federal funding. There should be a complete congressional review to determine which of these are outdated and no longer applicable to the nation, which ones can be down sized, which ones duplicate the function of state agencies, and which ones can be consolidated. This could save billions of dollars annually. There simply is ...more »
Often times congressmen and senators travel to foreign countries to see troops overseas or receive briefings from embassy staffs on issues they will be voting on that involve a particular country. However, many congressmen and senators use these paid trips to visit foreign dignitaries and leaders. I believe that funding travel if visiting foreign leaders is the main purpose of their visit is an abuse of the taxpayers ...more »
Our Constitution mandates that our elected representatives will be paid for serving their fellow citizens. Yet, it does not stipulate how much. Every federal agency, department, directorate, office, and branch must look for ways to save money. Currently Congressmen and Senators are paid about $184,000 a year, and yet are only in session half a year. The remainder of that year they are supposed to be visiting with their ...more »
CBP Agriculture Specialists do not have firearms and do not need body armor in their line of work. Some of these officers have actually lost their body armor and had to have it replaced. All CBPA's were initially issued body armor about 5 yrs ago. Now our department is replacing that body armor because it might not fit anymore. Instead of automatically replacing expensive body armor - have officers try on their ...more »
We are required to send out letters telling number holders they are not eligible for SSI. Most are not asking for it or even know what it is. It cost for the paper, postage, and the phone calls received by SSA to explain what SSI is
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. 2. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security System immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security System, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used ...more »
Members of Congress are taking FULL TIME money from the tax paying public, so they should be required to be in Washington doing their job FULL TIME. With the availability of the internet, e-mail, skyping etc. they can spend virtual time in the homeState with constitutents on the weekends, or their constituents can come to DC for visits. BUT, just as we Feds have to work full time for our paycheck, and have to work virtually ...more »
Current budget is extremely limited. Right now, I have an excellent 5 spoke office chair with good back support, which I am not allowed to donate due to GSA rules. Change the rules, inspect the chair, it is a $280 chair, after I retire, it can be passed on. It will pass safety inspection; why should taxpayers buy another chair? The one I use has the seat slipping down to the ground, I pull it up, over and over all day, ...more »
Our founding fathers served in Congress and Senate without pay. Our Congress and Senate today are the highest paid people in the Federal Workforce with the most free perks of anyone and by God they get a raise every year, but the little people that pays their wages do not get a say. My suggestion is to cut their pays in half and eliminate the perks!
Pay employees $25/month to use their own cell phone. Supervisors certified the need. This may be a problem at activities that prohibit cameras unless the user is willing to have a phone without a camera (like me). (Blackberry devices might not be eligible because of the sensitivity of data accessed). To make this work, the Joint Travel Regulations or any Comptroller requirement that employees submit a claim for reimbursement ...more »
Congressmen should not be allowed to receive a congressional retirement. They shouldn't serve for long period of times, but should return to private life after one or two terms. We need congress to represent the people, not themselves.