First on CNN: Petition calls on Congress to 'give up their paychecks'
February 20th, 2014
07:52 AM ET
4 years ago

First on CNN: Petition calls on Congress to 'give up their paychecks'

Washington (CNN) - will announce on Thursday that nearly 30,000 Americans have signed a new petition by the progressive group that calls on Congress to return their paychecks "if they are not planning to do any more work this year."

The group tells CNN the signatures were collected in the past 48 hours.

The petition states: "If Congressional Republicans don't plan on passing any more legislation until November, then they should give up their paychecks until then."

The group says it launched the petition after some GOP leaders in Congress were quoted in media stories saying they had no plans to vote for important legislation until after November's midterm election.

"Congress has a long to-do list. They should be considering legislation to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and create more jobs," said Nick Berning, Communications Director of MoveOn Political Action. "It is shameful that it is only February and Congressional Republicans are already throwing in the towel for the year."

The most recent approval ratings for Congress in national public opinion polling stand in the low to mid teens, just above all-time lows.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Congress • MoveOn
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Where do I sign this petition? Apparently Congress has forgotten why we hired them. We do not give a darn about the next election, we want you to do your jobs. Maybe we should all just vote for anyone running against an incumbent. In other words, maybe we should just "term limit" their butts out of those cushy chairs.

    February 20, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    The group says it launched the petition after some GOP leaders in Congress were quoted in media stories saying they had no plans to vote for important legislation until after November's midterm election.
    So when Republicans get out there and start promising jobs, jobs, jobs when they get re-elected, then we should ask them how come they're not fulfulling that promise now, seeing how they have nothing better to do.

    February 20, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |

    the politicians are too dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it - that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. (They vote on their own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and we are left with the bill. ,Members of Congress sleeping in the office are thus playing on the edge to eek out even more compensation from the taxpayer. They convert use of a space - that we have paid for - intended for work into living space as they avoid rent) AS we know, the money hungry Congress men and women have taken millions from the Koch,, and that really is what drives their positions, not the interests of the American people

    where is a provisions to cut benefits/ services and lifetime health coverage, salaries for Politicians.
    Why Not Have congress/senate Paid By Minimum-Wage? Ban ALL forms of fundraising/lobbyist for any purpose. that is what has destroyed our government. Politicians have no idea what it means to live like the majority of americans, or the people they represent. maybe changing how they live might change their priorities

    February 20, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  4. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    This should have happened a long time ago. Trouble is in this country the ones doing the most harm to all are revered, while those who speak of doing what's correct are reviled. Seems there's a divide between those who actually care, and those with self interest at heart. The ones with self interest have access to the media.

    February 20, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    "They should be considering legislation to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and create more jobs"
    And at the top of their agenda should be extending unemployment benefits. They're sitting up on Capital Hill lollygagging around while people are suffering. If they have no intention on legislating this year, then they should go on an unpaid furlough.

    February 20, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. DENNA

    They should not only give up their pay checks, they should give back every dime we've paid them since President Obama was elected. They are the laziest bunch I have ever seen. Somehow they feel that messing with the President is more important than doing their jobs. They probably think of themselves as hardworking. I think they are hardly works. So yes, they should give up their paychecks if they are not going to work

    February 20, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. king

    these repub cause the second worst financial disaster in our country history. this president and dem brought us from the brink of annihilation. and all these repubs have been doing for the past 5 years is sitting on the side lines, bitching and playing politics on everything. sign me up, i am tired of these no good repubs who would rather see our country go down the drain than to have the first black president succeed. sign me up i say, because our infrastructure resembles a third world country while our competitors are seizing the opportunities to modernize. sign me up because for the first time american have access to affordable healthcare, and all the repubs do is spend billions of dollars to kill it. they cannot stand the 11 quarter of economic growth, the richest american companies have ever been in our country's history, and the 43 months of straight jobs growth. this president will be rank with the top 5 of the best presidents ever. and folks like ted nugent and his ilk cannot sleep at night. so the miss information. lies, and fake scandals persist, by fox news, and right wing radio stations. when is fox news going to hire a dem host for half an hour to combat their all right winged host. msnbc has the gaul to hire right winger joe scarbarow for 3 hours every weekday morning, why is fox news so threatened to hire a single dem for an half an hour. is fox news serving the general public, or is it just news to serve the right winged audience. hire a dem host for crying our loud you bunch of cowards.

    February 20, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    And since we're on the topic of compensation, I think congressional pensions need to be up for debate. I don't see why a one or two term congressperson needs a 100K annual pension. Makes absolutely no sense to me.

    February 20, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. salty dog

    Guess what's coming next, a whole lot of lip service: with no intention of following through. Its very frustrating to think we pay them to do the Koch's bidding, and they're not even Americans, sigh.

    February 20, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    I agree. No work, no pay. Just like anyone else. Actually they should ALL be fired.

    February 20, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  11. rla

    When all they would have to vote on would be policies that America does not want or political policies WHY VOTE??? Especially when they reach the senate there will be no debate, amendments or discussion under Reid??? Go GOP If Obama can put things off until after eletion so can we!

    February 20, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. smith

    Im game for all of the members of congress returning their paychecks, not just the republicans.

    February 20, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Bill from GA


    I am shocked that the approval ratings of Congress have actually climbed above their all-time lows.

    February 20, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Joy Gragg

    Do realize what they make, they should have major cut backs no matter what. We need to pay off debts and they need to work for the people. It is what they were elected for, to work for the people or pay the price. They seem more interested in self then the country and the people they work for. So the bosses have the right and duty to cut pay and benifits until they do the work they are called is a government of the people and by the people so it should be for the people...not for kick backs and special interest groups...

    February 20, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    The house, under republican leadership, is the worst case of welfare abuse in our country. For an elected official to get paid $174,000 for showing up for work? 99 days a year, should be against the law. For you math people, that is less than 2 days a week.

    February 20, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    That is failing to recognize the source of the problem........the WH. make Obama pay their salaries.

    February 20, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. Odo

    ABSOLUTELY! Why should they get paid for refusing to work?? THEY are the entitles leeches....not the rest of us!

    February 20, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  18. Name congress don't care

    If congress cared anything about the people who are out of work some of them can't feed their families or pay bills. Just put them in the cold this is the great America we live in wow !!!!

    February 20, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    This is purely symbolic. I'd rather see something with some substance. But, I'm curious to see who would comply. I'm most insterested in what Rand Paul has to say about this after his grandstanding display of cutting his expenses and sending a giant check back to the Treasury.

    February 20, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. Deirdre

    Public Servants!!!
    No work, No pay.

    February 20, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Aw, Gee,
    The Congress, make that Liberals have done more than enough for me now. Please! Don't do me any more favors, I can't afford 'em. Return all Social Spending Programs back to the States and then. start to straighten out the huge mess you have put in place the last 100 years!

    February 20, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Darlene

    Amen where do I sign!!

    February 20, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Pete

    Why don't these petitioners also look up Article 3,Sec 3 of the constitution that says because of republicans obstruction that doesn't help in progressing this country they're considered an enemy of these United States and can be charged with treason... Just read up citizens because I've said this on these sites numerous times but most here just TALK big but carry a LITTLE stick...It's time to put the Cruzs,McConnells and Boehners of politics in their place and taking away a little check away from these millionairs isn't hurting them at all,trust me..You need action that fits the crime and getting them brought up on charges of treason is better then gardering a paycheck..Remember Clinton brought up on moral,ethics charges for impeachment when president when in truth these arrogent,incompetent idiots have done much worse..Time for republicans here in both houses to pay the reaper and that time is now!!

    February 20, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Lisa D'Ambrosio

    LOVE IT!!!! If I told my boss this you can be sure he wouldn't be paying me any more!!!! 🙂 Such a bunch of tools ... I hope the American people are finally starting to wake up ... It is absolutely SHAMEFUL that they are not doing their jobs and letting this country fall farther & farther behind ...

    February 20, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The most recent approval ratings for Congress in national public opinion polling stand in the low to mid teens, just above all-time lows."

    Oh, indeed. Are they laughing all the way to the bank? You betcha. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed a Republican controlled House of Representatives having such a fun time flipping the bird at their fellow citizens. I suspect the TeaParty Republicans should be held most accountable and will likely be voted out in many districts come 2014. Will it be enough for the GOP to take back its party from the lowest common denominators? I doubt it. Lack of leadership ... lack of ideas ... lack of ... well, let's just say lack of everything that once made this country the greatest country in the world and has now been surpassed by a group of malcontents seeking to DO further damage; as much as fellow voters allow by continuing to vote them in.

    February 20, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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