'Shared sacrifice': Should Congress cut its pay, benefits?
September 16th, 2011
02:25 PM ET
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'Shared sacrifice': Should Congress cut its pay, benefits?

Washington (CNN) - Should members of Congress cut their salaries or raise the age at which they can draw a congressional pension when many Americans are making personal sacrifices during the country's prolonged economic crisis?

Sen. Sherrod Brown thinks so.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Ray Mullen

    Lat off one senator from each state.

    September 16, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. mark whitt

    they will not do it. they will put it on the poor, old and working class. they do it over and over again !

    September 16, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. U.S. Common Sense

    I think their pay should be indexed to the GDP. If the GDP goes up, their pay goes up that percentage. If it goes down, their pay goes down. The same is true for CEO/Boards pay. If their company's bottom line goes up, ....

    September 16, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    When Congress's interests are allign with those of everyone else, government has a chance to function properly. Today, NOT SO MUCH!

    September 16, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    yeah but only the Republicans do it...especially the Tea Party members

    September 16, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    I will say this a good bill will congress pass doubt

    Some of the best liens from this article

    Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin “not living off the hog."
    “Over in the House, representatives make $174,000 a year”
    “Median income for Wisconsin residents in 2009 was $49,994 - well below Duffy's salary.”

    Democrats ready to sacrifice but republicans no

    September 16, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Jan

    Yes! Most definetly!!!!! Their the ones who allowed this White collar crime to happen! Especially the Gop!!! Dock all of them!

    September 16, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. FM

    Yes they should lead by examples!

    September 16, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Most definitely. Then we need to work on them to get the money out of politics. Saw a spot on tv last night regarding how much money was raised on each side for Carter vs. Reagan. Guess? Nothing! It was paid for by our tax dollars from that little box you check on your tax returns. Time to stop letting those with money buy influence, don't you think?

    September 16, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. gt

    there pay is ok.. there benifits are sinful...

    September 16, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    The worthless bums should not get ANY pension at all. Two terms and OUT. And let them buy their own private insurance. Maybe they will fix social security and medicare if they HAVE to participate in those things in old age (some of them are already old, but they'll receive thousands and thousands a month - not have it doled out a few dollars a month).

    September 16, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Speaker Boehner "JOBS PLAN" to turn America into Texas is a joke!

    Speaker Boehner "Jobs Plan" is a joke. How many jobs will it create? How much does it cost? Where is the CBO score? You see folks the media beats up on President Obama for trying to solve these problems, but let the Republican recycle their old talking points that got us in this mess. P.S. The rich and wealthy should pay their fair share tax increase now!

    September 16, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. CB FLA

    Joe Walsh makes $170,00 and can't make his child support payment. He can't even afford to show for his court date. These people are having a really hard time. I guess that is the reason the judge did nothing when he didn't show. But then again he is a member of congress.

    September 16, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Come on, this is just stupid, distracting gimmickry. Its a pittance compared to the $535 MILLION of our tax money the Obama administration gave to Solyndra, whose prime investor was George Kaiser, an Obama fund raiser. He visited the Whitehouse to get the money too. HUGE SCANDAL, HUGE RIPOFF OF TAXPAYER MONEY. All compliments of Obama and his "green jobs" scam.

    September 16, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. seneca

    I can imagine how the republicans will answer this, "How do you expect to get the best talent if you don't lure them in with adequate money?" which was the same reason they said the wall street bankers who wrecked the economy should get thier bonuses. You will note however that when they talk about teachers they strike a different tone, "They are over paid and only work 6 hours a day, good riddance to teachers and thier unions! PAH!" I guess we don't need to lure in talented individuals whose unions support democrats.

    September 16, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Let's not stop just with Congress. We're still waiting to hear what sacrifices Big Business and the ultrawealthy will be making along with the rest of us. So far, I haven't heard of them making any sacrifices at all. We need to start asking our reps to specifically state what sacrifices they call on business and the ultrarich to make.

    September 16, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Maggie

    Obama should be the one to cut his salary and benefits seeing that he always seem to be on vacation and playing golf. He should get 50% of his pay and benefits. Maybe that might be even too much for him but we will let him get the 50%.

    September 16, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. cindy

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Everyone else has been dealing with cuts so should they. Especially since all they've done is take down America with a personal agenda against the president. They've had more time off in the past year than I've had off in over 40 years of working life. Wish I had the option of just saying NO.

    September 16, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Elaine

    Since they want grandma, and school children to take the brunt of the budget cuts, and they don't want to raise any revenue on top earners, then,yes.They themselves should be hit in their wallets!

    September 16, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. CWDutra

    Would like to see more on this story and see it really "take off" and spread across the country. We have all had enough of the crap coming out of Washington. They all talk about shared sacrifice as long as it doesn't mean THEM....The country is in dire need of cleaning out Congress because most of them regard their well being ABOVE that of the tax payers who PAY THEIR SALARIES AND ALL THE SPECIAL PERKS.....They ARE NOT FEELING THE PAIN ! ! ! We also need term limits on ALL members of Congress.... If it's good enough the the Presidentcy then it sure as hell is even better for congress... Let's get the ball rolling. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! ! Thanks for your time and interest.... CDUTRA

    September 16, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. pc

    all of them are overpaid an this is a great idea to get some of our tax money back from the worst DO NOTHING congress in the history of america. let them see what it is like borrowing from one bill to pay another each month because the paycheck just keeps on getting smaller an smaller for us out here trying to live our simple lives. home values have dropped so much that we can't sell ,utilities have gone sky high, medical insurance is risen to the point i may have to drop my coverage, YES let the sorry congress fill our pain for awhile.maybe something will get done to help america once they feel the pain we are all feeling.

    September 16, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Bessy

    You damn well better believe they should. Until they can get their act together and do the job they were elected to do they have no right to claim their salaries or benefits. They have to stop playing " footsie " with the Koch brothers, etc. and stop thinking about just thenselves and the hell with everybody else. Yes, they should have to suffer just like the rest of " REAL" Americans. They are not real Americans. They live in a dream world and never worry about anybody but themselves.

    September 16, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. John

    Yes they should. They seem so willing to take everything from us ,so they should give up some of there pay. Because they are way over pay anyway, and they should have to pay 25% of there hearth care. And they should only get a pension If they are In office more than Ten years or more. Let the Rich and Big Business make up the rest since they are so In to Protecting them.

    September 16, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    They earn their pay for the responsibilities they have and the difficult work they need to get done. Their pay is not outrageous when compared to what managers at that level make in private business. I for one am proud of the work accomplished by the congressmen I voted for and the work they have done in the House of Representatives. To put it in perspective, these people did the work to help reduce the 2011 Federal Budget by $100 billion. I'll say it again... they earn their pay.

    September 16, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. d

    What a great idea! i am sure mr brown means it too! i am just as sure that repubs would never never do that. ha arnt they all working so hard on behalf of the american people opps i mean the american and forgein corporations! for the people their job is easy...how hard is it to say No?

    September 16, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |