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Taxpayer-Supported Lobbyists?

Congressman Israel has introduced the Congressional Double Dipping Pension Prevention Act to prohibit former Congressmen-turned-lobbyists from collecting their taxpayer-funded retirement pension.

It’s no secret that times are tough for many Long Islanders. And while families across New York struggle to make ends meet, many former Members of Congress are earning millions as high-powered lobbyists – while, at the same time, earning a taxpayer-funded retirement pension. That is unacceptable especially as estimates show taxpayers pay roughly $25 million annually in pensions for former Members of Congress.

After serving in Congress for five years, Members are eligible to receive a benefit at retirement age. But, if you ask me, the taxpayer shouldn’t be subsidizing the retirement costs of former Members of Congress who are working as millionaire lobbyists.

That’s why I’ve introduced the Congressional Double Dipping Pension Prevention Act. My bill would prohibit former Members of Congress who become lobbyists and earn more than a million dollars a year from receiving their congressional pension.

Taxpayers are having a hard enough time paying their bills with their salary or their own pensions without having to worry about paying for millionaires too. In tough economic times such as these, we need to find ways to make our government more efficient. Common sense cuts must include former Members of Congress turned-lobbyists who need to make sacrifices alongside their former constituents.

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Just The Facts June 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Amen!!!! Term limits would eiminate the need for pensions and lifelong benefit packages since politics would no longer be the bottom feeding, cash guzzling, country destroying career it has become today. Know what a second term congressman would call his greatest accomplishment? Getting reelected!!
Laura June 25, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Presidents can only serve terms. All elected officials should have term limits. Give them 2 terms, if deseved. what have they done? The longer in office, the more they forget why they were elected. If we vote them out, we send a clear messege. Maybe a law. We have the power to change something if we do not like it...vote. Laura
andrew tyler June 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Mr. Israel here is looking just to score points with voters in an election year. If he thinks wer'e foolish enough to believe anything he proposes has a snow balls chance in Haites of passing he's in for a rude awakening. Perhaps he should stick to renaming Post Offices. In 12 Years as our failed congressman the only 2 bills he authored that we're signed into law was the renaming of 2 post offices.
Laura Bart June 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM
What congressman is going to support that bill?
Laura June 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thank you andrew tyler. My husband liked your email. It was great. One more reason not to vote for steve israel. Laura

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