Thursday, February 28, 2013

Congressional salaries should be the first cut

Below is an email from Diane Russell, a MoveOn member from Portland, Maine. Diane started a petition on, the petition site from which allows anyone to start their own online campaign. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

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Dear MoveOn member,

Congress is about to impose furloughs amounting to a 20% across-the-board pay cut for 800,000 federal employees, more than 44 percent of whom are veterans.1

And yet, where is the same 20% cut for Congress and the president? Are they not federal employees? Aren't these the people who keep telling us that everyone must share the burden?

The across-the-board cuts set to go into effect at the end of the week will hurt the economy and they should be stopped.

But if Congress insists on cutting anyone's salary, they should cut their own paychecks first. We pay their salaries. That's why I created petition on's petition site,, which says:

Any across-the-board pay cuts for federal employees must include the same pay cuts for all members of Congress and the president of the United States.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

It's up to us to demand that if members of Congress pass these unnecessary and harmful cuts—despite overwhelming public opposition—that they start with themselves.  


–Diane Russell


1. "Many federal workers facing furloughs are veterans," The Washington Post, February 13, 2013

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