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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that she plans to take the self-imposed pay cut to "bear the same kind of pain that my school districts are going to be feeling." Tammy, thank you for taking a pay cut during Sequestration showing leadership

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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 10:48 am
An Illinois Democratic congresswoman says she plans to return to the U.S. Treasury 8.4 percent of her monthly salary for each month that Congress fails to avert $85 billion in spending cuts set to take effect Friday.

Duckworth is calculating her 8.4 percent pay cut by focusing on cuts to affected discretionary federal spending accounts. If sequestration plays out as scheduled over the next seven months, affected discretionary accounts will see an 8.4 percent cut.

The freshman representative said she made the decision last weekend after meeting with school superintendents, who detailed how federal budget cuts would impact remedial reading and Head Start programs in her suburban Chicago district.

“For me this is very, very personal. I’m not interested in bringing any other members into this, this is just a personal decision,” she said.

House lawmakers are paid $174,000 annually — they haven’t given themselves a pay raise in years. Before taxes, Duckworth’s salary totals $14,500 monthly, so she’ll take a hit of about $1,220 each month.

She said she explored the option of donating the money to charity, “but I think the best thing to do is to give it back to the taxpayers.”

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Shirley B (5)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:01 am
S&N. TY Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:04 am
1 ~ The number of Congresspeople voluntarily taking a pay cut right now.
355,862 ~ The number of people who have signed our petition demanding Congress and the President take a pay cut during Sequestration.

Reminder to sign (if you have not already): Pay Cuts for Congress - Take Action

Tim C (2420)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:05 am

Brenda Nelson (3)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:06 am
Heros are people to see a problem and do what they can to fix it.

What she makes in a month is still more than I make in a year.

I am disgusted with everyone who makes a high wage - wealth is what fuels poverty. I would love to see some big CEOs take pay cuts in order to give their employees a more honest wage.

Autumn S (151)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:09 am
signed and noted

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:13 am
Signed , thanks.

john byrne (50)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 11:56 am

signed TY. Angelika.

David C (131)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 12:04 pm
done, we need more ethical leaders like Ms. Duckworth

Christeen A (368)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 12:20 pm

David C (29)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 1:58 pm
signed and noted

Craig Z (86)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 2:10 pm
Even with the pay cut, Rep. Duckworth is still making a substantial salary. This is just grandstanding.

Animae C (516)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 5:56 pm
All 3 signed

Kirsten Taufer (43)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 6:31 pm
Wow, there are some good eggs in Washington, but you don't notice an R after her name.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 6:59 pm
LOL Kirsten-you bet not, NEVER !

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 8:43 pm
Signed. I've been watching this young woman, I've been very impressed thus far. I hope she rubs off on a lot of them in Washington. She has served in the military now as a civilian and also serves honorable in both places.

In the article it stated:

When she first ran for office, she worked as a cashier at the local mom and pop Italian deli, Colucci's, on the top of Munjoy Hill in Portland. She continues to work there one night a week, keeping her constituents informed ~ and listening to their stories frustration, heartbreak and hope as they struggle to make ends meet and create a better life for their children.

Bless her heart, this is how the old time Mainers always thought and New Englanders in general. Hard working yet love of family, community, honesty and fairness. Good to see these old time traits showing their colors again, that should not of left anyone. Wish I could send Rep. Duckworth a green star.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 9:43 pm
Signed and noted.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 12:44 am
Thanks, Angelika.

Ro H (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:55 am

paul m (93)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 7:35 am


Judith H (55)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:06 am
Noted and signed, tx!

. (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:25 am
done. Thank you Tammy for stepping up and setting a good example

Norman P (2)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:36 am
I'm sick of reading how the poor want something for nothing and then I read how big corporations get to pay no taxes or get big tax breaks. These big corporations and congress are the one's that want something for nothing. Here's some excerps taken from an article I read on yahoo news taken from the Wall Street Journal. "Another way to get federal tax benefits is through huge fines, mostly for illegal behavior, or behavior the government claims is illegal. Bank of America was able to do that as it paid billions of dollars in penalties for its misdeeds, particularly in its mortgage divisions. Yet another set of circumstance that can get a company tax benefits and prevent the payment of taxes entirely might be called “acts of god.” Financial results of both Verizon and Caesars were badly hurt by Hurricane Sandy. As a result, accounting rules allowed them to take write-offs or losses. GM received an “automotive interest expense” tax credit from the government, which was related to impairment of assets and amortization. This and related write-offs mean GM may not have to pay federal taxes for several years. Absent the write-offs GM has done relatively well recently. Revenue reached $152.3 billion last year, up from $135.3 billion in 2010." What's going on here? I'm on umemployment and I don't get anything? It's the rich that want something for nothing. They're trying to convince the American people that it's the poor that are taking all the money.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:11 am
UPDATE- watch video of Tammy Duckworth responding to petition and our thank-you.
VIDEO - Tammy responds

Thursday April 4, 2013, 6:08 pm
Thank you, Tammy!!!
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