Letters: Cut congressional pay before withholding Social Security checks

February 2, 2013 

The government has threatened to cut off benefits to Social Security recipients and veterans with regard to the "debt ceiling."

What I would suggest is that paychecks to Congress members be cut first. Most of them are independently wealthy and don't live paycheck-to-paycheck like the common folks. I have just learned that Congress members receive generous medical, dental and vision benefits, as well.

So, if a member serves five years in Congress and leaves for any reason, that ex-government employee receives these outstanding benefits after retirement for the rest of his or her life. I wonder how many of us, the struggling 47 percent, are aware of this? After hearing this, I confirmed it with the Richland Public Library.

KATHLEEN MCCADDON, Richland

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