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September 15th, 2011
03:47 AM ET

Talk Back: What would it say to you if Congress took a pay-cut?

A non-partisan group called The Taxpayers Protection Alliance sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to cut their "extravagant salaries" of $174 thousand a year by 10 percent. They say it would save taxpayers $100 million dollars over ten years.

Today's Talk Back: What would it say to you if Congress took a pay-cut?

We want to know what you think. Your response could be read on American Morning.


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  1. pat J

    Congress are public servants, they should be working for the people free of charge. Let's accept the fact that almost, if not all of Congress are like TV news meida anchors...thay are all millionaires.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  2. Steph

    If congress took a paycut, started paying 25% of thier benefits 100% of children's and spouses medical insurance, was required to work 30 years before a full pension, no early than age 66, and had no more than 3 weeks vacation per year. I would say I will vote for that person. Then they may understand what the luckiest workers in the US get. The rest get no benefits or pension

    September 15, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  3. Debbie S

    A pay cut would be a great idea, but what would make more sense would be to end that lifetime pension. Really a pension for life to act like children and not get anything done? How about making sure our seniors are getting Congress's healthcare plan? If you ask me the whole system should be changed! I think our founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they could see what has become of this great political system they envisioned!

    September 15, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  4. Karen

    I think Congress should cut their salaries to minimum wage with no benefits, overtime, sick leave, paid vacations, etc. After all, isn't this what they are asking Americans to do? They should lead by example and this bill should be retroactive to 2009. Shared sacrifices means Congress, President, VP, etc. too.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:10 am |
  5. Kevin Duddlesten

    Certainly not. Do we cut the pay for police officers when there is more crime? Do we lower the pay for teachers when test scores drop? No–we do do the opposite. We should create incentives to attract better and brighter candidates. I am sure there are many more qualified, capable individuals who never give a thought to running precisely because they can make a much better living in the private sector.

    September 15, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  6. patricia

    This is not a job, it's a public service! Supposed to be there because they love this country. Convert a hotel up there to a dorm. Military families go through longer separations for far less pay and more danger. Get them a dorm, pay them a military pay scale and see just who up there is there for the good of our country. No retirement period. As poorly as they have done, they would have been fired from a private job with NO pension.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  7. ELIZABETH NASH

    IT IS ABOUT TIME OUR CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS, MAKES A PERSONAL SACRIFICE BY REDUCING THEIR SALARIES VOLUNTARILY. THAT WOULD BE A POSITIVE STEP & SHOW THIS COUNTRY THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO DO THEIR PART TO HELP.... LET'S SEE HOW MANY ARE WILLING TO TAKE THIS CHALLANGE!

    September 15, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  8. PAT-TEXAS

    Let's start by cutting out pensions and lifetime medical. Let them survive on Social security and IRA's.

    September 15, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  9. monica paiva

    add to it that Congress would also give us their health care plan while they take a pay cut and I just might begin to believe that they were actually representing us and making decisions that would serve their constituents best ... and not their (congress) own pockets ...

    September 15, 2011 at 5:25 am |