A petition on Whitehouse.gov calls for restricting Congressional pay to $75,000 a year has garnered more than 6,000 signatures in a mere 5 days. It has until Jan. 24 to reach the required 25,000 signatures for the White House’s review.
During the first half of the day on Dec. 29, the number of signatures on the petition had grown by over one thousand, and looks poised to continue growing quickly. It calls not just for pay restrictions, but requires that the purpose of these restrictions be to help pay down the national debt. Members of Congress would be subject to this reduced pay for three years. It would also require that all members of Congress who do not support such a measure be made known so that the public can make an informed decision as to whether they get re-elected.
A similar petition, started on Dec. 3 and reaching the 25,000 mark on Dec. 27, calls for the pay and benefits of the president and Congress to be restricted until they pass a solution to the fiscal cliff; and not just another stopgap measure, which is all they’ve been passing regarding budgets and the debt ceiling for the last two years.