Legislative Branch

End Early Retirement Benefits for Senate and House

Senators and Representatives currently receive reduced retirement benefits after just a few years in office. This should be changed so that they will only receive retirement benefits if they serve at least 20 years in the House or Senate or a combination of both and only after age 62. Additionally, any member convicted of a felony while in office, should immediately forfeit any retirement pay.

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House of Representatives Pay

Members of the House of Representatives should have their pay set by their state and be paid by the state. Too many are coming to Washington and loosing touch with their state and its financial problems. Having their state set their pay would reduce Federal Government expenses and keep them in touch with the people of their state. If necessary the Federal Government could provide a percentage of the pay to the states. ...more »

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Set Term Limits for House and Senate Members

Representatives should be limited to six Terms - (12 Years) and Senators limited to three Terms - (18 Years). Too many of these "representatives of the people" have been in Congress so long that they have completely lost touch with the people they are supposed to be representing. Being in Congress should not be a career or profession - it should be something someone does for a short period to serve their community and ...more »

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increase mineral extraction royalty fees.

Compared to almost any other country, the mineral extracton royalty fees in the US are Cheap. They are ridiculously Cheap. This goes for ALL Minerals including Oil, Gas and BItumen.

 

Raise them - closer to other country's fees.

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Printing

Stop printing the government budget report. There is no reason every member of Congress and the White House needs a bound copy of the budget. Let them print it off their own printers if they want a hard copy, otherwise just .pdf it.

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Two Year Budget Cycle

This is nothing new. Instead of the typical one year budget cycle, I suggest a two year cycle. This would cut down on budget hearings and better stabilize longer-term planning and contracts. For the implementation period, we would simply take the first year's budget and multiply that by the projected inflation rate for the second year and combine the total for our 2 year budget. For emergencies, there is the supplemental ...more »

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STOP PAYING CONGRESSMEN & SENATORS WHO ARE IN PRISON

Why is it that if I get put in jail I don't continue to get paid YET a senator or congressman does!!! Talk about waste, fraud and abuse--this is MAJOR. They also should not get a pension for doing one term, that continues for years and years after they leave office. They also should not be able to vote in raises for themselves---the US people should be able to do that. They act like they rule the world and are more important ...more »

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Government Shutdown

If there is a government shutdown the congress should have to forfeit all pay and benefits until the shutdown is resolved.

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Foreign Aid Reform

Quit sending foreign aid to nations that are hostile to us. Break foreign aid packages in Congress up so that each nation receives a separate vote (or multiple separate votes for designated aid). Then the members of congress will be held accountable for their votes on aid to nations like Venezuela, Pakistan, and China.

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Department of Justice

Revise Law to Eliminate Unneccessary Trials and their Expense

It is time we look at revising the laws to take into consideration forensic and other technology in determining a standard of "irrefutable guilt" in federal cases. Currently, even in cases where it is absolutely clear that an accused is guilty, the taxpayer still has to pay the considerable legal expenses of a trial so the accused can go through the sham of trying to prove they are innocent or more likely there was some ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

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Executive Office of the President

Save Tax Payer's Money

Congress took a $500 a month pay raise two or three years ago, that equates to a $6000 a year pay raise. I would like to have a pay raise that much at one time each month also. With all the pay cuts in the budget, they keep going after social security, health benefits, military, the elderly, the retired, etc. I believe that Congress should be looking closer to home and start cutting their own pay. Medical benefits ...more »

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Department of State

Cut spending

Let's start at the TOP - with the defense budget for instance - lots of pork fat there! Then let's move on to the salaries and benefits of our Congressmen and House of Reps and don't forget the Senators - a small pay cut wouldn't hurt them in the least and it's only fair that we ALL pitch in. Next let's extend the work age to 67 or maybe even 68, instead of mandatory retirement at 65, so that we baby boomers can continue ...more »

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