The 19 richest members of Congress

While the Great Recession cut down the number of Capitol Hill millionaires, most of the nation's wealthiest lawmakers are getting richer.

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Nov 29, 2012 1:34PM
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Our founding fore fathers "never" intended for politics to be a career and they "never" intended after serving just "one term" that you "never" took a cut in pay after you left office. And you received the same benefits including pay for life? WOW! I have union negotiated retirement package and it doesn't even come close to that! The American people should "demand" an immediate stop to that!  We have way too many "foxes" in the hen house!  While the 98% fight over "crumbs" the richer keep getting richer!  Oh by the way is your child going to grow up and pick up someone else's garbage? POliticians are stealing your child's American dream every day! Apparently you can fool all the people all the time as Washington is doing it all the time "AND" getting away with it!
Nov 29, 2012 1:29PM
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Wow, many more Democrats than Republicans.... hmmmmmm....
Nov 29, 2012 1:26PM
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Looks like the Democrats are in the majority again.  All the talk about helping the poor simply is hot air. The only ones they are interested in helping is themselves at the Public's expense. Incidentally, Feinstein's husband is one of the largest importers of Chinese good in the country. Just  a coincidence that her position  in Congress has a direct impact with U.S. and Chinese trade agreements huh.
Nov 29, 2012 1:04PM
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When I was a little boy they would  say anybody could be President. Today it is how much money you have and how many backs side you kiss!!!!!! Congress does the same thing !!!! The RICH get RICHER and the poor get poorer......
Nov 29, 2012 12:57PM
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When I am elected President, their wealth will go towards feeding the Homeless
Nov 29, 2012 12:46PM
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Respectfully, Congressional term limits is a cause that we all should be vigilant about.  At the very least, we should start voting all incumbents out until they get it.  Action from the people is the only thing that Congress will ever understand.

Nov 29, 2012 12:45PM
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With the availability of so many dentists at prison, maybe the homeless could go to the prisons for dental work too?  There are so many homeless who need to have dental work in order to get back into the mainstream of life with a job and a roof overhead.  Why not "free dental work" for the homeless at the prisons.  Since even those who are "paying their debt to society" get freebies.
Nov 29, 2012 12:36PM
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I bet timmy turbo tax helped most of them out ! I remember a story about a guy that had a failing ranch in Colo. and he ran for office just about the time they were getting ready to forclose on his ranch and BINGO he had it paid off in a matter of about 3 years see crime does pay ! I tell my kids to be honest so don't run for any office cause you have to lie cheat and steal and that is no way to be ! I have to laugh you ask any politico. a yes or no question and you can never get a yes or no awnser !
Nov 29, 2012 12:29PM
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Just a fact they get richer and we the so-called people get poorer ! Wonder what they are going to do when we have no more to give ?? I bet we can get some of ours back !
Nov 29, 2012 12:29PM
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You omitted Mitch "turtle man" McConnell who went to Washington and became a multimillionaire!  I know we don't pay them enough to accrue 40 to 70 million dollars!  What's worse they get that salary for life!  Some of them should be serving a life sentence but not in Congress.
Nov 29, 2012 12:23PM
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Think any of them have ever owned a blister on there hand through labor for income?  What the#@##! is wrong with this picture?  Take away there salaries, retirement health care and GOD knows,,,there PAID VACATION TIME and every federal, national holiday,,,, then see how empty the hill would be and WHO was REALLY so Patriotic  and fiscally concerned for OUR country.  These worthless, NOT ALL,, should be stripped of there wealth put on raft with one oar and a map and shoved towards Brittan!  Or as a choice of there own, given a life time duty on the end of Shovel.

Think of how much added intrest has been added to the National debt,, while Bohner and team were on vacation alone.  And now that thee election is over, and things didn't go so well in that corner ,,, HUMMMMMMMMMM makes one angry.   98% bear all the burden while 2% make all the decision's,,

IN the United States of AMERICA?

Nov 29, 2012 12:17PM
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AND THE DEMOCRATS CLAIM THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE RICH PARTY.  ON THIS LIST THERE ARE 11 DEMOCRATS AND 8 REPUBLICANS.  PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP.
Nov 29, 2012 12:04PM
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You know it's a sad sad time when cogressional leaders are talking cutting entitlements for the ALL who have paid in as well as those who don't and there making such huge salaries and when and if they retire, taking that same salarie as a retirement monthly income ck with them.  WHILE WE THE PEOPLE scratch up enough for a can beans to cook.  APOLLING!  Hey!  MITCH and the gang!  How about we start the cutts at your level  on your salaries?  Then work our way down if need be.  Bet they didn't pay anything into SS.
Nov 29, 2012 12:04PM
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Want to avoid the finical cliff?

 

Start by making a law that everybody elected to public office gets an annual salary of $1.00 and that they pay for their own health care, transportation, food, living expenses, etc.

 

Over $6 Billion dollars spent on the 2012 election is just sick.

Nov 29, 2012 11:49AM
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I remember when this article used to appear highlighting the 10 richest in Congress. Now they have to stretch it to 19 to get enough republicans to even it out. Why don't they tell you that that 7 out of the top ten richest in Congress are DEMS. And most of them aquired their wealth from taxpayers in office por in herited it. Repubs usually aquire wealth from private industry.
 Nine richest of the top 12 are Dems..., 11 wealthiest of the 19 are Dems. Hmmm...it is OK to be Uber Rich if you are in Congress, NFL/Sports/ Celebrities. But NOT OK if you gained wealth by creating private industry jobs. Hmmmm
Nov 29, 2012 11:47AM
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THEY ARE ALL RICH HOW R THEY GOING TO PASS LAWS TO HELP THE POOR?

 

Nov 29, 2012 11:47AM
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That's why Obama says that we need to stop tax breaks to people like him that earn a lot a pay little taxes. He said it in his campains and during the debates. Wake up people. It's not about parties it's about whats right and millionaier need to pay their fair share of the debt!
Nov 29, 2012 11:40AM
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Would love more info about how these guys made their fortunes.  
Nov 29, 2012 11:37AM
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Until "WE" stand together and stop letting them separate us as Democrats or Republicans NOTHING will change. They have better retirement, better insurance, better pay, better hours, better EVERYTHING than the people they work for.....which is US. They want us to see black and white, left or right because if we didn't we would truly see what was going on and DEMAND a change.
Nov 29, 2012 11:34AM
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If Americans can't see these crooks for what they are then i just don't know what to say.  There taking food off the table, Putting people on the street.  There making good people go bad by there having to do things out side the law to live.  Things to feed there family's and so on.  When will some one or something happen to get these crooks out of the crook house.  Because that's what it is .  I once looked up to these kind of people, Like Obama and his gang ,  But not any more. To hell with them.  I will tell my kids the truth about are government and the way it is for real. There all liars and crooks just out for there own good not the people that put them there.
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