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house Bill H.R. 355

Should Members of Congress Convicted of Felonies Lose Taxpayer-Funded Portions of Their Pensions?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress who commit felonies while in office have violated the public’s trust in them as public servants. Such people shouldn’t be given the benefit of taxpayer-funded contributions to their Congressional pensions.

Brian's Opinion
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03/04/2019
If convicted of a felony they should not be allowed to serve in Congress!
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Roy's Opinion
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03/04/2019
If I'm felon, I lose my pension...only fair...
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Dorothy's Opinion
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03/04/2019
Convicted of a felony while serving? Definitely should not receive a pension!
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Argument opposed

Congressional pensions are an important retirement-planning tool for members of Congress. No matter how individual members conduct themselves in office, they should be given their pension plan for their service in Congress.

wildprogressive's Opinion
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03/04/2019
How about we just eliminate pensions entirely? Seriously. Due in part to the actions (and inaction) of congress and senate over the past decades, barely any Americans have a pension in 2019. Why should they be any different?
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Per's Opinion
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03/04/2019
All member of Congress should have the same as the people, it called Social Security. They serve one term and get paid the rest of their life!!! Rip off
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J. scott's Opinion
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03/04/2019
To My Representatives: I support continuing the Congressional retirement system the way it is now. I don’t believe people convicted of felonies are prohibited now or its likely this wouldn’t be a question. I think that question should be up to the voters. If the voters don’t want the person getting a pension just vote them out. Convicted felons should have their rights restored once out of jail and if employers hire them they should receive their pensions.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019
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    I’m in full support of them loosing their pensions. #MAGA
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    Duh!
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    DUH 🙄
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    No One is above the Law!!! If they are going to play, then they have to pay!!!
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    If they are convicted while in office they knew what the consequences would be.
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    The argument to vote no is below. Are you serious?!?!?! A felon loses his right TO VOTE, so why should any politician WHO COMMITS A FELONY, be allowed to maintain that pension could any be acceptable to another politician. ”Congressional pensions are an important retirement-planning tool for members of Congress. No matter how individual members conduct themselves in office, they should be given their pension plan for their service in Congress.” https://josephgeorge4neabsco.com
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    Well here’s another no brainer...
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    How are they even in an official senator or holding any other office in such a high place they need to be fired or not allowed to even be voted for many a government job you cannot have a felony but a senator can this is completely hypocritical
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    If they are convicted of felonies, they should lose their entire pensions and a lot more than their pensions. Their pensions should be donated to fund social services programs. The pensions were already generated out of funds from taxpayers, so it should be given back to those less fortunate taxpayers.
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    This seems like a VERY reasonable penalty for felonies committed by members of congress.
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    Committing felonies WHILE IN OFFICE. That’s the key phrase. Elected officials shouldn’t be committing felonies.
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    No pay to play Fellons & Fellas!
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    Yes. This would assist in a higher level of accountability we should expect of our representatives. The consequences should be higher and display a more obvious risk for those contemplating engaging in felony activities.
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    They should be held to a high standard and committing a Felony means they should lose there Pensions, their seats, and all perks that go along with being in a leadership role.
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    Convicted felons should not receive pensions. A regular person would lose his job and benefits Congressmen should not be an exception
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    Members of Congress should not only lose taxpayer funding in their pensions, but if still serving in any conpacity should be kicked out.
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    Yes ! Absolutely Clear the Swamp ! Ok that is my first instinctive reaction because I am so fed up with the corrupt elite political class and the abject failure of this and prior US Congresses. We need to clear the swamp but forfeiture of all or part of their pension should only be available to the courts if the pension documents provide for it.
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    Absolutely congresspeople convicted of felonies should lose the taxpayer funded pension! They should lose all forms of taxpayer funded income and pension. And must never serve in public office again.
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    My feeling is that depending upon the type and class of felony you should not be allowed to run for Congress or any elected office. If already in office and convicted all benefits should immediately stop pension, healthcare, everything.
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