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Petition calling on Obama admin to “cease paychecks” to Congress, President until fiscal cliff is avoided gaining steam

Home - by - December 11, 2012 - 13:30 America/New_York - 9 Comments


A petition made through the White House’s “We the people”  process calling on the Obama administration to“cease paychecks and health benefits to ALL members of Congress and the President until the fiscal cliff is avoided” is gaining steam.

As of this morning, the petition, created a week ago, had 11,183 signatures, putting it nearly halfway to the amount of signatures needed to “require a response” from the White House. It needs to gain only 13,817 more signatures before Jan. 3 to meet the White House’s 25,000 signature standard.

While it is outside the Obama administration’s powers to stop paying elected members of federal office simply because they did not address a particular issue, pass a certain law or respond to a popular online petition, the petition is a sign of Americans’ growing unrest as the sequestration that will occur on Jan. 2 as a result of “fiscal cliff” draws nearer.

Congress has only 23 days to act before across the $109 billion in across the board spending cuts take place to nearly every category of government spending, including Medicare, with the notable exceptions of Medicaid and Social Security. Military personel and staff and the Veterans Affairs Department would not be affected. However employees at the Department of Defense and other federal employees, including members of Congress’ own staff, could be furloughed – forced to take temporary unpaid leave – or laid off entirely if the sequestration goes into effect.

” ‘The American People’ ” that both sides constantly regale live in this sort of world (do your job or don’t get paid). If it is good enough for us, it’s good enough for them,” states the petition urging the White House to halt members of Congress’ and the President’s salaries during the sequestration. It also calls for a permanent 15 percent cut in their salaries if they miss the deadline that cannot be reversed until the 114th Congress in two years.




  1. joe6pak

    December 11th, 2012

    Another petition that we need to submit is a requirement for congress to have to live under the same laws that they pass for us to live under.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 11th, 2012

    Article 2, Section 1, Clause 7: The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected…

    Article 3, Section 1: The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

    You can do it to congress, but NOT the president or any judge.

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  3. ejazzyjeff

    December 11th, 2012

    It will be a cold day in h@!! before they will cease their pay checks. You can have any American sign this and they will not do it.

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  4. Xavier

    December 11th, 2012

    “While it is outside the Obama administration’s powers…”


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  5. Doc

    December 11th, 2012

    Wouldn’t be a bad idea to put a “BOOT” on the landing gear of Air Force 1 to keep the commie in chief from running around playing golf and pissing away OUR money!

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  6. Menderman

    December 11th, 2012

    Define “resolved”.

    To the left, that means massive tax increases, and to the right (so far) it means massive tax increases. To me, that does not “resolve” anything.

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  7. 123321123321

    December 11th, 2012

    So they want the Dictator to take away Congress’s paychecks? Hey, maybe this would finally be enough to push those spineless cowards to force him to produce his birth certificate?

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  8. Ten Megaton

    December 11th, 2012

    For his services. Has anyone seen any evidence of any services?

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  9. Major Mal function

    December 12th, 2012

    Dumb asses forgot never learned which body appropriates the money.

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