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US Senators and Congressmen get paid their salaries for life even after they leave office?

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No, they do not get a salary. When US Senators and Congressmen retire they are paid their pension depending on how long they have served. They can receive up to 80 percent of their salaries in pensions. You can go to http://www.snopes.com/politics/socialsecurity/pensions.asp and http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm for more information.

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Check out this site...JoeO is absolutely wrong. A congressman can serve 1 two year term and he will receive his full salary of $174,000 for the rest of his life. The Senate and the presidency is the exact same way.

www.politifact.com/.../email-message-says-members-congress-get-ful...

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I think you might have a serious learning disability, phatnole.

The article that you linked, explains that some people think that "for a rank-and-file member of the House of Representatives paid $174,000 per year, that would mean full pay for the rest of their lives after serving as little as two years." The rest of the article explains how that is completely untrue, and no one is eligible for anything close to that.

The article closes by saying, "So the email saying that members of Congress can "receive full pay retirement after serving one term" is blatantly bogus. It's never full pay and the only one-term members who would be eligible for any pension would be senators."
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Somebody doesn't know how to read.
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WRONG! Even Snopes can be wrong. Its better to get the resource from the original site- See below
See the following information below. and further more here is more information. its best to do further research

http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid='0E%2C*PL%5B%3D%23P%20%20%0A
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http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/oct/17/chain-email/chain-email-says-lawmakers-earn-salaries-life-whic/

Joe is right and you are wrong. Politifact changed it's site around, but this is what I found searching on the site YOU posted.
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I have to defer to snopes, the politifact link provided by phatnote's does not work!

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Members of both houses of congress get a pension (after the age of 50) after they leave office. The amount of the pension depends on how long they served with the maximum being 80% of their salary. Also contrary to popular belief, they do pay social security taxes.
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm

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Yup. For anyone reading, Snopes is the number one best researched site on urban myths. They have been doing this for many many years and are never wrong in their information.

When anyone claims some random and salacious sounding "fact", you should check it on Snopes.

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wrong like any employee, when they are not elected they salary ends and if they served more than 3 terms Read further at the US Senate Website
http://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/retirement_for_members.shtml

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